Program Agenda: NPPA Conference


Current Program Agenda – 2013 NPPA Conference (as of 5/17)

 Start & End Dates/Times:  begins on Monday August 19, 10:30am (for Brunch & Check-In, with the first session starting around 11:30am).  It ends by Noon on Thursday, August 22.

ACPE-accredited CE available:  8-11 units/hours will be available for Technician-Buyers (with some also for Pharmacists).  The 1 hour of required “Law” CE may also be available as well, but is currently still TBD.

Vendor Exhibit Hall:  open after the lectures end, in the afternoons of Tuesday Aug. 20 & Wed. Aug. 21.

Opening Reception:  (with some sponsoring Vendors in attendance), is held after lectures end on Monday Aug. 19 (the 1st day).

Meals Provided:  Pharmacy-Attendee Registration includes 5 meals, at no additional rate (1 per day as well as 2 on Monday with the Reception’s light dinner food & hosted bar).  During the Exhibit Hall afternoons, snacks will also be provided.

Please note:  sessions listed here below may still be subject to change, and does not yet represent the full program.  Check back here for regular updates (also posted to our home page’s NPPA Conference News section with its latest revision date).



Rx for Outsourcing of Sterile Compounding, Drug Shortages, & Buyer Stress

Gene Graves, PharmD, MBA, President/CEO, SCA Pharmaceuticals LLC, Little Rock, AR


Drug Shortages Symposium

  • Statistics & Internal Management of Drug Shortages

Christopher Fortier, PharmD, Manager of Pharmacy Support & OR Services, Medical University of SC Medical Center; and Adjunct Assistant Professor of South Carolina College of Pharmacy, Charleston, SC

  • “Let’s Spread the Word” – Internal Communication of Shortages

Susan Nygaard, RPh, Sanford Medical Center Pharmacy, Sioux Falls, SD

Inventory Symposium

  • The Pharmacy Buyer’s Influence on Proper Inventory Control

Chris Saboura, RPh, Executive Director, MBA, WellStar Health System, Marietta, GA

  • Use of Technology to Manage Inventory

Dante Kazerounian, PharmD, CPh, NPh, Clinical Systems Pharmacist, All Children’s Hospital/
Johns Hopkins Medicine, St. Petersburg, FL


“This Will Only Take a Minute” – Time Management

Dr. K. Kay Potetz, MBA (PhD doctorate in Health Services Administration), Management Consultant.  Provided By:  Speakers Unlimited, Columbus, OH


Vaccines:  What to Know as a Pharmacy Buyer

Paula Herrera, CPhT, Pharmaceutical Purchasing Specialist, Rapid City Regional Hospital, Rapid City, SD


Repackaging – Barcode Compliance, In-House vs. Outsourcing, & More Practical Tips

Christopher Fortier, PharmD, Manager of Pharmacy Support & OR Services, Medical University of
South Carolina Medical Center; and Adjunct Assistant Professor of SC College of Pharmacy, Charleston, SC


LEAN Principles for Multiple Pharmacy Buyer Tasks

Penelope Castro, Pharmacy Buyer, The Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha NE

Pamela Bacon, RPh, MBA, Clinical Pharmacy Director, MedAssets Advisory Solutions, Centennial, CO


GPO Breakout Sessions (Group Purchasing Organizations)

Current participating GPO’s are:  Amerinet, MedAssets, Novation, & Premier.

Please check back at a later time, for additional updates.


Wholesaler Breakout Sessions

Participating vendor-wholesaler companies have not yet been determined.

Please check back at a later time, for additional updates.


NPPA Best Buyer Practices Panel Session (additional panelists & topics will be added at later date)

  • Hospital Mergers – The Pharmacy Buyer’s Role

Brooke L. Richards, CPhT, Business Specialist/Pharmacy Buyer, HD Goodall Hospital, Sanford, ME

  • Pharmacy Purchasing & the Hospital Revenue Cycle – CMS Resources to Maximize Reimbursement & Ensure Medicare J-Code Compliance

Randi Brantner, MBA-HA, CPhT, Director of Financial Planning & Analysis, PARA Healthcare
Financial Services, Colorado Springs, CO


Potential Educational Topics (not yet confirmed):

  • Streamline Your Facility’s Barcoding & Starting with EPIC Barcoding
  • 340-B Program Updates
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