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Pharmacy Benefits Academy Heads West, May 13-14 in Portland

PORTLAND, Ore., April 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Pharmacy Benefits Academy (PBA) West will be held May 13-14, 2013 at The Governor Hotel in Portland.  The program provides human resource, benefits and managed care professionals, union trustees and other health care stakeholders, with the information and tools needed to better manage pharmacy costs and related benefits, and improve the health outcomes of their covered populations using these benefits. PBA West expands the reach of the Pharmacy Benefits Academy Central, with the conference being held for the first time in Oregon.

The educational meeting is co-hosted by the Oregon Coalition of Health Care Purchasers (OCHCP), Midwest Business Group on Health (MBGH) and Pharmacy Outcomes Specialists.

Featured speakers include:

  • Chris Brown , Vice President, Payless Drugs
  • Tom Burns , Director of Pharmacy Programs, Oregon Health Authority
  • Ronda Connor , Benefits Coordinator, Deschutes County
  • Cory Huot , Oregon State Pharmacy Board and Manager, Pharmacy Services, Legacy Park
  • Alison Little , MD, MPH, Center for Evidence-Based Policy, Oregon Health and Science University
  • Joe Van Orsdel , Consultant, Fresno Unified School District
  • Larisa Purdy , Director of Health Benefits, JELD-WEN, Inc.

Registration information and an agenda can be found at Pharmacy Benefits Academy Central will be held August 13-14, 2013 at the Westin O'Hare in Rosemont, Illinois.

"PBA Central was attended by Jill Freeman of the Oregon Coalition of Health Care Purchasers (OCHCP) last year," said Susan Hayes , principal with Pharmacy Outcomes Specialists. "Jill believed that a similar program with local roots providing an open forum to discuss how employers and managed care organizations can implement best practices to manage the rising cost of pharmacy benefits would be beneficial on the west coast. We agreed and PBA West was born."

About The Oregon Coalition of Health Care Purchasers
OCHCP is a non-profit membership organization of employers and purchasers whose mission is to facilitate common projects with the goals of improving the quality and moderating the cost of health care; and maximizing engagement of employees in their health. The OCHCP vision is to reach employee optimal health through employer innovation, education and advocacy.

About Midwest Business Group on Health
With more than 120 member organizations, MBGH is one of the nation's leading non-profit business groups of large, self-insured public and private employers serving as a catalyst for community initiatives to improve the quality, safety and cost-effectiveness of the health care delivery system. MBGH is an essential resource to support employers in effectively managing their health benefits through high-quality education, research, networking and benchmarking. MBGH is a founding member of the National Business Coalition on Health.

About Pharmacy Outcomes Specialists
Pharmacy Outcomes Specialists is the premier consulting firm in the pharmacy benefits industry for corporate clients, unions, government agencies and managed care organizations. Projects include large complicated audits of Medicare Part D programs and audits of Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) for compliance with financial and plan terms. Pharmacy Outcomes Specialists' consultants and partners are a unique group of pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, accountants, financial analysts, attorneys and government specialists.

SOURCE Oregon Coalition of Health Care Purchasers, Midwest Business Group on Health and Pharmacy Outcomes Specialists
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