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Pharmacy Benefits Academy Set for 2009

Tuesday, December 9, 2008 General News J E 4
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Midwest Business Group on Health and Pharmacy Outcomes Specialists collaborate to produce second annual conference



CHICAGO, Dec. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The Midwest Business Group on Health (MBGH) and Pharmacy Outcomes Specialists (POS) announced the dates for the second annual Pharmacy Benefits Academy (PBA) to be held at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Chicago, August 4-5, 2009. A collaboration between MBGH and POS, the Academy is part of MBGH's Learning Network educational curriculum. The program provides human resources and managed care professionals, union trustees and other interested stakeholders, with the information and tools needed to better manage pharmacy costs and related benefits, and improve the health outcomes of their covered populations using these benefits.



"In these times of economic uncertainty, benefit managers, union trustees and managed care executives are looking for ways to get more value from their limited resources, and the fastest growing area of expenses for many is pharmacy benefits," said Cheryl Larson, vice president, MBGH. "This year's conference will have in-depth breakout sessions for both intermediate and advanced levels, providing successful employer and managed care case studies, along with the information, strategies and tools needed to manage this complex benefit."



Susan Hayes, principal with POS noted "Because of our success in 2008, we have decided to collaborate again in 2009 with MBGH. While we bring over 28 years of expertise in pharmacy benefit management to the table, MBGH provides the comprehensive understanding of health benefits management as a whole, as well as a national reputation for objective, purchaser-focused educational and research programs."



PBA Advisory Council

To identify leading edge topics and speakers, a new PBA Advisory Council is being formed. Topics will range in diversity from basic, key concepts such as designing, managing and monitoring pharmacy benefits to innovative programs in pharmaco-genomics, clinical research and Medicare Part D issues.



Potential sponsors and attendees can find up-to-date information on the 2009 Pharmacy Benefits Academy at www.pharmacybenefitsacademy.com. For questions, contact Susan Hayes, POS, susan.hayes@pharmout.com, 847-540-9590 x102 or Cheryl Larson, MBGH, clarson@mbgh.org, 312 -372-9090 x104.



About MBGH

The non-profit Midwest Business Group on Health (MBGH) is one of the nation's leading business groups of private and public employers, whose 96+ members employ over 2 million lives, spending more than $2.5 billion on health care benefits on an annual basis. MBGH offers employers a variety of health benefit educational seminars, networking opportunities, quality and community initiatives, demonstration projects and group purchasing programs. MBGH is a member of the National Business Coalition on Health. www.mbgh.org



About Pharmacy Outcomes Specialists

Pharmacy Outcomes Specialists is the premier consulting firm in the pharmacy benefits industry, offering corporate clients, unions, government agencies and managed care organizations leading edge services. Founded in 1996, POS is one of the most experienced consulting firms performing over 600 audits and reviewing over 500 million pharmacy claims. Projects include large complicated audits of Medicare Part D programs, audits of Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) for compliance with financial and plan terms and our annual educational conference. Pharmacy Outcomes Specialists' consultants and partners are a unique group of pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, accountants, financial analysts, attorneys and government specialists. www.pharmout.com



SOURCE Midwest Business Group on Health; Pharmacy Outcomes Specialists
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