Call for Proposals


2018 Annual Technology & Business Conference
May 7-9, 2018
Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
Scottsdale, Arizona

Submission Deadline

Deadline for Submission: September 29, 2017

Submit to: Wendy Feldbauer at


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 2018 Annual Conference and 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
  • Clinical Direct Messaging beyond Provider to Provider
  • Collaborative healthcare/pharmacy models
  • Compounding/Specialty pharmacy regulation and trends/ Compounding and Specialty Billing
  • Impact of Unique Device Identifier (UDI), FDA’s Global Unique Device Identifier Database
  • EHR Connectivity; Physician and pharmacy collaboration and cooperation through technology
  • Electronic Prior Authorization (ePA); EPCS; ePrescribing quality
  • Federal and state controlled substance registries and Medicare; PDMPs; Opioid Epidemic
  • Healthcare Interoperability; ONC initiatives
  • HIPAA 3; Patient Protection and ACA requirements/challenges; Health Information Exchange
  • Innovative Drug Discovery and Nanotechnology; Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
  • Integrating data from "wearables" into Health IT (legal, ethical, technical challenges)
  • Legislative Updates, accreditation, regulation, government mandates and audits
  • Medication Therapy Management (MTM) services; Expanded role of pharmacist
  • Medicaid mandates & challenges
  • Medicare Star Ratings and quantifiable government costs
  • PBM Transparency; Processing PBM rebates/Manufacturer best practices
  • Pharma engagement and perspective (i.e. biosimilar safety update)
  • Pharmacy benefit delivery models; Patient accountability initiatives
  • Pharmacy Quality Measures
  • Specialty Pharmacy
  • Trends in Telehealth (TelePharmacy/Telemedicine across the country as it pertains to pharmacy); Human aspect of telehealth; Health Apps and Mobile Technologies Role in Pharmacy

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 2018 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 29, 2017. 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 29, 2017
Selection Made by Committee October 27, 2017
Speakers Notified by November 15, 2017
Speaker Form & Disclosures Due January 26, 2018
Draft PPT Presentations Due April 6, 2018
(CPE review requires 30 days before event)
Final PPT Presentations Due May 1, 2018
Presentations Given May 8-9, 2018

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