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Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy Hosts 2012 Educational Conference

CINCINNATI, Oct. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) today opened its 2012 Educational Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio. The event brings together approximately two thousand pharmacists and other health care professionals who develop and administer pharmacy benefits for more than 200 million Americans.

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"We are delighted to welcome so many AMCP members and other stakeholders from across the country to Cincinnati for our 2012 Educational Conference," said AMCP Chief Executive Officer Edith A. Rosato, RPh, IOM. "This is the premier event each fall for thousands of health care professionals who work to ensure that patients have access to needed medicines through the application of sound medication management practices and principles."

The conference, taking place Oct. 3-5 at the Duke Energy Convention Center, will focus on a wide range of issues relevant to managed care pharmacy, including:

  • Updates on health care reform
  • Best practices in oncology management for managed care
  • Patient medication adherence – tools for success
  • Evidence-based value assessment of new medications: 2012 update
  • New drug and specialty drug pipeline
  • Patient centered medical home and the role of the pharmacist
  • Copay offset programs and their implications for managed care
  • Review of Medicare-Medicaid dual eligibles for managed care
  • Conducting comparative effectiveness research with real world data
  • The relationship between formulary management and personalized medicine
  • Implications of FDA designations of brand and generic drugs
  • Prevention and combat of fraud in Medicare Part D

The conference also contains two General Sessions featuring well-known keynote speakers. On Oct. 4, former Senator Bill Bradley will address possible solutions to the partisan divide that has created political gridlock in Washington. And on Oct. 5, body-language expert Janine Driver will describe how our non-verbal communication says more than we might think. The conference also included an event called The Exchange, which is a forum designed to encourage interaction among conference attendees and increase dialogue between manufacturers and managed care decision makers.

For more information, visit www.amcpmeetings.org.

About AMCP

The Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) is a national professional association of pharmacists and other health care practitioners who serve society by the application of sound medication management principles and strategies to improve health care for all. The Academy's more than 6,500 members develop and provide a diversified range of clinical, educational and business management services and strategies on behalf of the more than 200 million Americans covered by a managed care pharmacy benefit. AMCP will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2013. More news and information about AMCP can be obtained on its website, at www.amcp.org.

SOURCE Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy