340B Coalition Winter Conference
February 5-7, 2014
Hotel Del Coronado
San Diego, CA
2013 was a year of unprecedented developments with the 340B drug discount program, and 2014 is shaping up to be even more consequential. The program continues to receive substantial attention from Congress and the media. A new coalition of organizations, including manufacturers, pharmacy benefit management companies and private oncologists, are calling for considerable changes to 340B and have launched a lobbying and public relations campaign that is highly critical of the program. 340B providers are responding by highlighting the critical role that the program plays in ensuring access to affordable medications and pushing back against calls for dramatic reforms to the program.
All of this comes as Sen. Grassley continues his inquiry into the 340B program, which has expanded into the contract pharmacy area as well as pharmaceutical manufacturer compliance with 340B pricing laws. At the same time, government audits of 340B providers continue, and HRSA has indicated drug manufacturers may also be audited. Manufacturers themselves are increasing their inquiries of hospitals and other 340B providers to learn more about their policies and procedures to ensure compliance.
In the coming months, HRSA is expected to issue a comprehensive regulation addressing a range of program issues, including 340B patient definition and other hot-button topics. In addition, a federal court will rule on PhRMA’s lawsuit to overturn a regulation that allows rural and cancer hospitals to access 340B discounts on orphan drugs.
The rapidly evolving nature of 340B makes it important for all stakeholders to stay on top of program changes. The conference will address key program developments and challenges, including what stakeholders think will or should be in HRSA’s comprehensive regulation, how to prepare for a 340B audit and the implications of key audit findings. In addition, there will be many other important topics covered at this meeting.
Whether you work for a health care provider, contract pharmacy, pharmaceutical manufacturer, 340B-oriented business or government agency, there is no better way to stay informed and have a voice in the future of the program than to attend the conference. You will learn from all of the key players involved in the program, including providers, industry representatives, government regulators, federal contractors and representatives from 340B advocacy organizations.
In addition to emphasis on policy matters, the conference will provide you with many opportunities for hands-on, practical advice to help with implementation. If you are a health care provider, you will learn how to enhance compliance, improve care and meet your indigent patients’ needs. If you work for a pharmaceutical company or other pharmacy-related business, you will learn how to prepare for and respond to the heightened focus on compliance and accountability. You will also have an opportunity to network directly with current and prospective customers. Small breakout sessions will provide attendees with an opportunity to solicit advice and to share ideas with others.
The conference will also offer the following three pre-conference workshops:
- A boot camp designed to educate hospital CEOs, COOs, CFOs and others on the 340B program, including key program developments and how to create and run an interdepartmental 340B team
- Making a 340B compliance plan work, including how to evaluate your entity’s compliance and how to ensure that policies and procedures are followed
- The essentials of the 340B program for beginners and attendees seeking a 340B refresher course
- Pharmacists and clinic directors at institutions providing care to low-income and uninsured populations
- Pharmaceutical manufacturers, distributors, and group purchasing organizations
- Pharmacy service companies and information technology firms
- Retail, chain, specialty pharmacies, and other businesses that contract with 340B entities
- State Medicaid pharmacy directors and drug assistance program managers
- Pharmacy benefit managers/administrators, and other health plans
- Consultants, attorneys, and other compliance experts
- Federal, state, and local policy makers and government relations directors
- AIDS drug assistance program officials and AIDS service organizations
- Other providers of health care for the uninsured and vulnerable populations
Exhibiting Opportunities are Available
This is a great chance for all pharmacy service companies, technology firms, manufacturers, distributors, pharmacy benefit managers/administrators, law/consulting firms and others to promote your company’s services and products in an intimate and relaxed setting. A thousand pharmacists and other clinicians, hospital and health center executives, federal, state and local government officials, GPOs, distributors, manufacturers and other leading decision makers will be attending this conference. The exhibit area is designed to ensure a high level of traffic that will enable your company to maximize its investment. There are also many value-added sponsorship opportunities available. For more information, please view the Exhibitor Prospectus.