AMCP Educational Affairs Committee Selects Programming for Nexus 2017

Members of AMCP’s Educational Affairs Committee gathered last month at AMCP headquarters in Alexandria, Va., to discuss and build the education program for AMCP Nexus 2017 in Dallas, Texas. After exhaustive discussions on the proposal submissions and content, the 15-member committee identified more than 30 sessions to include at the upcoming conference.

“This year’s set of proposals was especially strong,” said Committee Chairperson Julie Howard, MBA, PharmD. “We gave each one a thorough review and selected those that we believe will provide Nexus attendees the most valuable information necessary to advance their work.”

One new consideration in this year’s selection process is the Nexus theme: “Changing the way we pay for health care.” The group examined proposals and topics that explored innovative benefit and reimbursement designs, such as value-based contracting.

“We have identified a robust set of sessions around this hot issue,” says Ruby Singh, AMCP Vice President of Education & Training. “At the same time, I feel we have identified interesting, relevant sessions for the 5 educational tracks for the conference that will cover topics that are very timely for managed care professionals.” The five education tracks are:
  • Changing the Way We Pay for Health Care: What does the future look like in a world of changing coverage and performance measures? What are MACRA and MIPS and how do they affect your work? How are the contracts between payers, providers and patients evolving? Find the answers to the questions of the day in this track.
  • Drugs, Diseases and the Managed Care Impact: What in the pipeline is causing us to rethink previously accepted treatments—and how do we pay for them? This track is your journey into the clinical and managed care universe of new solutions, formulary changes, and evolving strategies for better outcomes.
  • Legislative and Regulatory Trends: From Rhetoric to Practice: In a thicket of good intentions and complicated policy, cut through the noise and find out what will likely impact your work. What does new governance mean for health care legislation? What will be the impact of PDUFA 6.0? This track is news you can use!
  • Managed Care Research in Action: What to do with all the facts, figures, studies and surveys that are out there? This track helps you inform your work with innovative science. Plus hundreds of poster abstracts to review and discuss in The Exchange!
  • Specialty Pharmacy Management: Keeping Up with Runaway Innovation: Nowhere will you find more game-changing breakthroughs than in the world of specialty pharmacy. From biosimilars to benefit design, this track shows you how managed care pharmacy is harnessing the revolution by managing drug spend and utilization.
While Nexus 2017 is still more than four months off (Oct. 16 to 19), AMCP’s education staff is busy now working with presenters to refine the focus of their presentations and ensure the content has the biggest impact possible. Session descriptions will start being posted in early July at www.amcpmeetings.org. Registration for Nexus 2017 opens June 20 at 1 p.m. E.T.