Pre-Conference Workshops


Monday, March 2 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm (registration required to attend)

PBMI is offering pre-conference workshops the morning of the first day (all are from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm).  Attendance is free but registration is required to attend.  You can sign up for a workshop during the conference registration process.

Lunch is included with each workshop and will be served at noon.

Workshop A

Understanding the Impact of Pricing Practices for Your (Pharmacy) Benefit

Amy Giese, FSA, MAAA, Principal and Consulting Actuary
Todd Wanta, FSA, MAAA, Consulting Actuary
Heela Baha, PharmD, Managed Care Pharmacist
Milliman, Inc

Quantifying the impact of pharmacy pricing practices is critical to decision making by pharmacy stakeholders. This presentation will focus on cost impacts such as the tradeoff between rebates / discounts, value based design, and accumulator programs. We will share our experiences from working with PBMs, pharmacies, and plan sponsors to provide numerical examples with clear explanations. Participants should walk away with a basic understanding of how much these practices impact pricing, how they impact pricing, and why they are used or proposed.

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Workshop B

The Roles of PBMs and Plan Sponsors in Addressing the Opioid Crisis

Thom Duddy, Vice President, Communications
Emergent Bio Solutions

The opioid crisis affects all of us: white collar employees, blue collar employees…everyone. While all of those in the continuum of care are responsible for finding ways to address the crisis – payers, PBMs and plan sponsors play a particularly important role in combatting the crisis within their memberships. This workshop will provide real-time data on the opioid crisis, review the progress that has been made in the fight and discuss the hard work that remains. Attendees will leave with an understanding of the key strategies they can consider in doing their part, as well as knowledge about best practices to implement those strategies within their own organizations.

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