by: NACDS President and CEO Steven C. Anderson, IOM, CAE | 02.03.2017
I am really looking forward to the NACDS Regional Chain Conference, which begins this weekend. I refer to NACDS as the intersection of business, policy and politics for our industry, and the Conference program again will demonstrate NACDS’ value in this way. A fantastic event awaits, thanks to the efforts of Hy-Vee, Inc.’s Kristin Williams, who chairs the Conference Planning Committee, thanks to all of the members of that amazing Committee, and thanks to the NACDS staff team.
"We have a lot to talk about regarding NACDS’ pro-patient and pro-pharmacy agenda given the extraordinary political and public policy landscape."
As you have been reading in NACDS publications and in the national press, we have a lot to talk about regarding NACDS’ pro-patient and pro-pharmacy agenda given the extraordinary political and public policy landscape. NACDS Chairman Martin Otto of H-E-B will initiate that discussion, which will play out throughout the Conference. There will be ample opportunities to talk about pharmacy patient care and pharmacy reimbursement given the potential changes to the Affordable Care Act, as well as about the current focus on regulatory reform and pressing topics like the need to address direct and indirect remuneration (DIR) fees.
In addition, on the business operations side, we have highly insightful sessions prepared on pharmacy and front-end topics including the pharmaceutical market; new pharmacy services like personalized medicine; third-party negotiations and audits; naloxone developments; retail dynamics and specifically those pertaining to health and wellness; human resources law; and value-based models and their relationship to immunizations.
Chain attendees also will have time to tend to unique business needs with the One-to-One Business Conferences with NACDS Associate members, and during the always-productive-and-enjoyable receptions and networking events throughout the meeting.
We look forward to welcoming many NACDS Chain member representatives to the NACDS Regional Chain Conference – which is central to NACDS’ identity as the place where the industry’s business, policy and political initiatives are advanced in unparalleled ways.