ASAP Midyear Conference 2022 Boston Parker House

2022 Midyear Conference

September 14 - 16

The Omni Parker House

Boston, Mass.

Early Bird Registration Rate Extended Until Aug. 23.

All times are ET.

Wednesday, September 14

3:00 – 5:00 Registration

Thursday, September 15

8:30 – 9:15 Breakfast

9:15 – 9:30 Gold Sponsor Podium Time

9:30 – 10:00 Project [email protected]: A Unified Technical Specification for Patient Address

[INVITED] Carmen Smiley, Information Technology Specialist (Systems Analysis), Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Did you know that up to 60% of our health is determined solely by our ZIP code? ZIP code is also the greatest predictor of life expectancy. At the same time, approximately 26 million patients receive their medications by mail each year. These are only a few reasons why we should make every effort to ensure that we have the most accurate and up-to-date address information for every patient, no matter who they are or where they live. Project [email protected] represents unified, cross-standards technical specifications and operational guidance for representing patient address in healthcare to improve patient matching. Patient matching is a challenge across every segment of healthcare, including pharmacies, pharmacy benefit managers, payers, and prescription drug monitoring programs. Carmen will provide an overview of the background, purpose, and progress made so far on Project [email protected], and outline recommended next steps to encourage adoption and implementation of the technical and operational guidance and best practices. 

10:00 – 10:30 Open Data Quality Assessment Framework

[INVITED] Naresh Sundar Rajan, Ph.D., Chief Data Officer, CyncHealth 

[INVITED] Tom Novak, Senior Advisor, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

[INVITED] Carmen Smiley, Information Technology Specialist (Systems Analysis), Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

As the opioid crisis continues to worsen, the interoperability of prescription data between disparate systems has become a critical need for effective monitoring and treatment. Poor data quality inhibits patient matching and record linkage that supports interoperability, analytics and reporting, machine learning and artificial intelligence, and business processes such as prior authorization and billing. Even the most advanced algorithms are unable to overcome poor data quality entirely, and many health IT (information technology) systems rely on third-party services or applications to scrub and normalize data, imposing additional costs and other burdens. This presentation will discuss a unique approach to enhance patient matching for prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) data exchange. Employing evidence-based design principles, the panel reused an existing open health data quality framework and collaboratively built an inclusive data quality framework that can be applied to PDMPs across the nation. The framework was developed on the ASAP Standard for Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs Version 4, Release 2A Implementation Guide, though it could be expanded to support other standards. The framework is data-driven, modular, free and open source, flexible, and consensus based. The presentation will provide an overview of the framework and present pilot testing results from two state PDMPs. This approach supports Section 7162 of the Support Act that authorizes federal funds for specific prescription drug monitoring program improvements regarding use, data reporting, and intra-state and interstate interoperability directly impacting public health outcomes and policy decisions.

10:30 – 11:00 Break

11:00 – 11:30 An Overview of the Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act

Ann Johnson, Pharm.D., President of Pharmacy Healthcare Solutions, LLC

Ann will provide an overview of the Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act. This bipartisan legislation would recognize pharmacists as healthcare providers in medically underserved areas, allowing them to be reimbursed for providing specific healthcare services under Medicare Part D. The presentation will provide an overview of the act, review sponsors of the bill, discuss parallels with reimbursement for other non-physician practitioners, and share predictions for the future.

11:30 – 12:00 Provider Status and Digital Pharmacy: A Winning Combination for Patient Care and Labor Challenges

Christopher Fortier, Pharm.D., FASHP, Chief Pharmacy Officer, Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Pharmacy

In response to this worsening primary caregiver shortage, Congress introduced the Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act, which would give pharmacists provider status under Medicare Part B. This would allow them to be reimbursed for providing more services like medication therapy management, immunizations, point of care testing, chronic disease management, and much more. This will provide financial incentives to position pharmacists in higher-value tasks in the ambulatory setting.  Evidence shows that pharmacists make a significant impact on patients' health outcomes and reducing healthcare costs. Pharmacist provider status would align reimbursement with pharmacists' services and give underserved patients more access to crucial care.  

Chris will focus on how automation and artificial intelligence will play a critical role in allowing pharmacists to refocus their time on more patient care activities.  For example, clinical pharmacy services can be augmented by reducing the time spent on administrative or drug distribution tasks. Furthermore, advanced analytics can help prioritize clinical activities. Using artificial intelligence can prevent high-risk patients from developing medication complications. Utilizing AI enables proactive medication management versus a reactive approach. The pandemic highlighted the critical role automation and intelligence play in assisting pharmacists in providing more value in the healthcare system. Data is essential to provide more efficient inventory management and optimize clinical outcomes based on patient-specific decisions.

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch

1:00 – 5:00 Networking

5:30 – 6:30 Reception

Friday, September 16

8:15 – 9:15 Breakfast

9:15 – 9:45 The State Legislative Update and Outlook

Scott Pace, Pharm.D., J.D., Partner, Impact Management Group

Scott will provide a look at the key pharmacy-focused legislation that has been moving through the states in 2022 and what to expect in 2023.

9:45 – 10:15 Medicare Part D and Pharmacy DIR Final Rule: What You Need to Know

Steve Postal, J.D., Director of Policy and Regulatory Affairs, National Community Pharmacists Association

Join Steve Postal as he highlights the key takeaways from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ final rule on the Medicare Part D final rule and its pharmacy DIR (direct and indirect remuneration) component, the rule’s impact on community pharmacy, and where we go from here. 

10:15 – 10:30 Break

10:30 – 11:00 PDMP Recommendations for the Next ASAP Version

Kevin Borcher, Pharm.D., Vice President, Pharmacy Informatics, CyncHealth

Every state prescription drug monitoring program uses and has relied on the ASAP standard format for the reporting of dispensed controlled substances and other prescriptions. Much has changed since the last version was released in 2020. Kevin will present the recommendations made by state PDMP administrators to keep pace with the ever-changing healthcare environment and state and federal legislation.

11:00 – 11:30 Healthcare Initiatives and Big Tech: A Roundup

Marsha Millonig, M.B.A., B.Pharm., President and CEO, Catalyst Enterprises, LLC

Marsha will review the current healthcare-oriented initiatives at major global tech companies. Find out what Big Tech projects have been shelved and what new initiatives to keep an eye out for.


“As always, I enjoy the intimate nature of ASAP conferences. The content is always relevant and the networking opportunity is greatly appreciated.”

“ASAP continues to be the best conference to discuss business opportunities between vendors. Other shows require vendors to focus on customers, which prevents meaningful discussions.”

“Love the concise overview of many relevant topics by great speakers.”

“The most valuable conference I’ve attended because the topics were great.”

View The Program Agenda from The 2022 Annual Conference

Who Attends ASAP Conferences?

Companies Attending Recent Conferences

AIDS Healthcare Foundation
American Pharmacists Association Foundation
American Pharmacy Alliance
American Pharmacy Alliance
Appriss Health
Auburn University
Avery WeighTronix
Becton, Dickinson
BestRx Pharmacy Software
Brighton Pharmacy
Cardinal Health
Catalyst Enterprises
CHSGa, Eldercare Pharmacy
Compounding Consultants
Consana Health
Costco Wholesale
Digital Pharmacist
Doral Services Group
Dumbarton Group
ElderCare Pharmacy
Elsevier/Gold St&ard
eRx Network
Generation Pharmacy
Guam Department of Public Health & Social Services
Heartl& Veterinary Pharmacy
HHS Office of National Coordinator for Information Technology
Impact Management Group
J2 Global
Kneel& Services
Leon Medical Centers
LexisNexis Risk Solutions
Liberty Software
MarkeTouch Media
MedQuest Pharmacy
Micro Merchant Systems
MN Board of Pharmacy
National Community Pharmacists Association
ND Pharmacy Service Corporation
Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
PANTHERx Specialty Pharmacy
Pharmacy Healthcare Solutions Inc.
Pharmacy Quality Alliance
Point of Care Partners
Pro Rx Consulting
R.J. Hedges & Associates
RedSail Technologies
Retail Management Solutions
Rite Aid
Smith Technologies
Synergy Medical USA Inc.
Tabula Rasa HealthCare
TN Division of Health Licensure & Regulation
Transaction Data Systems
VUCA Health
Wolters Kluwer

Titles Of Attendees At Recent Conferences

Account Manager
Administrative Officer
Applications Director
Associate Director
Business Development
Business Manager, Pharmacy Products
Chief Pharmacy Officer
Chief Technology Innovation Officer
Client Executive
Clinical Coordinator
Clinical Product Manager
Clinical Sales Support Specialist
Community Pharmacy Marketing Specialist
Deputy Chief Pharmacy Officer
Director, Ancillary Products
Director, Business Development
Director, Healthcare Sales
Director, Industry Relations
Director, Industry Relations & Government Affairs
Director, National Accounts
Director, Non-Acute & US Retail Operations
Director, Pharmacy
Director, Pharmacy Business Development
Director, Pharmacy Network
Director, Pharmacy Professional Affairs
Director, Pharmacy Strategy
Director, Pharmacy Systems & Process Redesign
Director, Pharmacy Systems Solutions
Director, Product Development
Director, Retail Network Development
Director, Sales & Marketing
Director, Software Development
Executive Director, Product Manager
Executive VP
General Manager, Pharmacy
GM, Pharmacy Channel
Manager, Drug Product Data
Manager, Pharmacy Quality Performance
Manager, Pharmacy Solutions
Manager, Sales & Marketing
Manager, Technical Account
Pharmacy Manager/PIC
Pharmacy Regulatory Systems & Affairs Manager
PMP, Clinical Application Coordinator
President & CEO
Product Leader
Product Manager
Program Coordinator
Sales Director
Solution Sales Specialist
Specialist, Solution Sales US Technology Solutions
Sr. Business Data Analyst
Sr. Consultant
Sr. Director, Business Development
Sr. Director, Business Development, Retail
Sr. Director, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs
Sr. Director, Product Development
Sr. Director, Professional Affairs
Sr. Director, Sales
Sr. Director, Supplier Services
Sr. Manager, Pharmacy Professional Affairs
SVP, Pharmacy Sales
SVP, Research & Innovation
SVP, Research & Innovation
SVP, Ancillary Services
SVP, Business Development
SVP, Business Development & Marketing
SVP, Retail Network
SVP, Retail Network
SVP, Special Projects
SVP, St&ards & IT
SVP, Technology
SVP, Technology
Systems Analytics Research & Development
Systems Analytics Research & Development
Thought Leadership Manager
VP & GM, Pharmacy
VP of Sales, Commercial Key Accounts
VP, Pharmacy Software
VP, Clinical Services
VP, Data & Integrations
VP, Database Services
VP, Development & Operations
VP, Industry Relations
VP, Pharmacy & Compliance
VP, Product Management
VP, Professional & Regulatory Affairs
VP, Project Management
VP, Sales
VP, Sales & Marketing
VP, Solutions Engineering
VP, Strategic Partnerships
VP, Strategic Solutions
VP, Supplier Strategy & Services
VP, Technology