Call for Proposals


2017 Annual Technology & Business Conference
May 8-10, 2017
Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
Scottsdale, Arizona

Submission Deadline

Deadline for Submission: September 8, 2016


The NCPDP Annual Conference brings together representatives from more than 350 companies focused on improving healthcare delivery. Attendees represent segments including retail pharmacies, pharmacy benefit management companies, government agencies, pharmaceutical manufacturers, long-term care vendors and providers, database management organizations, healthcare consultants, wholesale drug distributors and many more.

Conference Topics

A broad offering of topics will be presented at the 2017 Annual Conference and it is NCPDP’s 40th Anniversary so we are expecting larger attendance and planning quite the celebration! Preference will be given to case studies and pilot results. Past attendees have expressed interest in learning more about the following topics (while the list is not all-inclusive, it does provide potential speakers with insight into topics of interest):

  • Accountable Care Organizations (ACO)- changes and initiatives
  • Compliance, accreditation, government mandates and audits
  • Compounding/Specialty pharmacy regulation and trends
  • Communication/soft skills to speak toward handling the patient relationship
  • Direct and indirect remuneration (DIR) Fees
  • Unique Device Identifier (UDI) FDA or Global Database
  • EHR Connectivity; Physician and pharmacy collaboration and cooperation through improved technology; Clinical messaging
  • Electronic Prior Authorization (ePA); EPCS; ePrescribing quality
  • Federal and state controlled substance registries and Medicare; PDMPs
  • Healthcare Interoperability; ONC initiatives
  • HIPAA 3; Patient Protection and ACA requirements/challenges; Health Information Exchange
  • How to integrate data from "wearables" into Health IT (legal, ethical, technical challenges)
  • Pharmacy benefit delivery models; Patient accountability initiatives
  • PBM Transparency; Processing PBM rebates/Manufacturer best practices
  • Medication Therapy Management (MTM) services; Expanded role of pharmacist
  • Medicare Star Ratings and quantifiable government costs
  • 340B claims future
  • Benefits inquiry pilots
  • Pharma engagement and perspective (i.e. biosimilars update)
  • Pharmacy Quality Measures; How retailers and plans/payer can strengthen relationships
  • Trends in Telehealth (review of the state of Telehealth/Telemedicine across the country as it pertains to pharmacy); Human aspect of telehealth

Proposal Information

Programs must be educational in nature providing fair, full disclosure and equitable balance of all aspects of a topic being presented. No endorsement, commercialism or selling will be permitted. All program materials must be free from promotional influence and/or content.

Proposals must include the following pieces of information:

  • Speaker Information (name, credentials, title, organization, address, phone and e-mail) for each proposed presenter
  • Biography (50 words, in paragraph form) for each presenter that can be used for accreditation applications with the ACPE/IWE
  • Proposed Session Title
  • Session Abstract – 100 words, in paragraph form, describing the content of the presentation
  • Learning Objectives – A minimum of five (5) learning objectives that will be achieved at the end of the session
  • Three open ended Pre-Test Questions and 5 Post-Test Questions, multiple choice or true/false, with answer highlighted.

Program Length and Speakers

Sessions are 60-90 minutes in length, inclusive of a question/answer period. Sessions are limited to a maximum of two (2) speakers. However, the 2017 Annual Conference Committee will consider more than two speakers/panel discussions if the topic warrants.

Session Accreditation

To help attendees advance their personal and professional development, NCPDP will apply for continuing education credits through the Institute of Wellness & Education for Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) credits.

Speaker Benefits

  • Visibility, recognition and credibility within the pharmacy and healthcare sector
  • Promotion in electronic and printed marketing materials
  • Participation in the growth of the profession and industry
  • Discounted conference registration

Speaker Registration and Travel

Conference registration for speakers is complimentary on the day you present. Speakers who wish to attend the other day of conference may attend for a one-day registration fee. All speakers are responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses.

Due Date

Proposals will be reviewed only if they are received on or before September 2, 2016. All submissions will be reviewed by the Annual Conference Committee only if they include all required information and are educational in nature.

Presentation Calendar

Proposals Due September 2, 2016
Selection Made by Committee October 28, 2016
Speakers Notified by November 9, 2016
Speaker Form & Disclosures Due January 16, 2017
Draft PPT Presentations Due April 10, 2017
(CPE review requires 30 days before event)
Final PPT Presentations Due May 1, 2017
Presentations Given May 9-10, 2017
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