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Conference circuit ASAP 2013 Annual Conference The American Society for Automation in Pharmacy held its 2013 annual conference at The Sanctuary on Kiawah Island, S.C. An excellent turnout was on hand for the CE-approved speaker program and networking opportunities. The speaker program covered a range of topics, from the technical detail of information sharing standards to the big picture of corporate culture and the state of the pharmaceutical market. s Pharmacy Healthcare Solutions’ Don Dietz brought attendees up to speed on prescription co-pay cards. s Howard Burde from Howard Burde Health Law gave an in-depth analysis of where we’re headed with Obamacare. s s From left, Ateb’s Frank Sheppard, Steve Roberts, and Debbie Sheppard are seen here with speaker Laura Cranston from PQA, who gave an update on how pharmacy can leverage Medicare star ratings. IMS Health’s Doug Long gave his annual look at the state of the U.S. pharmaceutical market. s Marsha Millonig of Catalyst Enterprises presented on the mobile technology that’s in demand by pharmacies and consumers. Bruce Merrifield of Merrifield Consulting Group brought a two-part presentation about how to energize corporate culture to the program. s Speakers Don Vogt, right, from the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, and Bob Slaski, center, from Open Networks are seen here with Rexam’s David Sanford. Vogt outlined the PMIX national architecture, and Slaski covered the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM), topics with an impact on prescription-monitoring programs. RelayHealth’s Dr. Summer Kahlon presented on how clinically integrated networks can enhance the pharmacist’s role as primary-care provider. 44 ComputerTalk Dr. Greg Feero from the Maine-Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency Program talked about the possible application of the U.S. Surgeon General’s Web-based family health history tool in pharmacy technology. Fern Paul-Aviles from Carolinas Medical Center Clinic Pharmacies covered 340B programs, with an emphasis on what’s needed to be accountable and compliant.


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