NASP Announces 2014 Expo at Tampa’s State-of-the-Art Medical Center
Alexandria, VA. January 9, 2014 — The National Association of Specialty Pharmacy (NASP) hosts its 2014 spring meeting at the University of South Florida’s Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS), a state-of-the-art facility in downtown Tampa. The meeting is scheduled for March 31 – April 4.
NASP’s spring meeting, the 2014 Specialty Pharmacy EXPO, brings together leaders and decision makers from the Specialty Pharmacy industry to discuss the latest issues and trends. It offers valuable networking opportunities with colleagues and exhibitors as well as educational sessions utilizing CAMLS’ virtual pharmacy and simulation-based meeting environments to host clinical and reimbursement workshops and patient interaction labs demonstrating best practices and innovative collaborative care models.”CAMLS is a modern, high-tech facility that allows NASP to incorporate cutting-edge simulation technology into our educational content,” Gary M. Cohen, BSPharm, RPh, CSP, NASP CEO, said. “This meeting will push the boundary of what attendees expect from a conference, giving them an interactive and memorable educational experience.”
The NASP EXPO features more than 75 hours of accredited specialty pharmacy, nursing and managed care educational tracks, coupled with real world, hands-on-training scenarios (labs) and specialty pharmacy reimbursement labs. The expo will also feature NASP’s unique exhibit exchange where manufacturers, payers and all stakeholders can meet with specialty pharmacy providers.
“Our goal is to collaborate with leaders, organizations and innovators in healthcare to empower and support our industry as it implements solutions that elevate the quality of care provided to the patients we serve,” Cohen said. “This is a goal we share with CAMLS and we are excited to partner with them to present the NASP EXPO at this exciting new venue.”
The CAMLS facility includes 90,000 square feet of meeting space that integrates simulation technology to create a unique learning and networking environment. This technology gives NASP attendees the opportunity to become fully engaged with the programming using virtual pharmacy settings and simulated site-of-care settings for interactive training in specialty therapeutic areas.
More information about the spring meeting is available online at www.meetings.nasprx.org.
About the National Association of Specialty Pharmacy
The National Association of Specialty Pharmacy™ (NASP™), founded in 2012, represents specialty pharmacy professionals in all practice settings. Our mission is to provide educational programs, certification curriculum and professional networking forums for healthcare professionals to promote the safe and appropriate use of specialty medications. By building collaboration among all organizations involved in specialty pharmacy, NASP delivers the benefits and services needed to promote the highest standards of care and improved patient outcomes.
About the Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS)
The University of South Florida’s CAMLS opened in March, 2012 with the goal of combining cutting-edge simulation with research and innovation to move the latest advances in healthcare into practice. The $38 million, state-of-the-art, three-story facility integrates simulation technology, team training and evidence-based best practice into innovative programs with measurable outcomes.
CAMLS is accredited by the American College of Surgeons as a Comprehensive Accredited Education Institute and by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. CAMLS is the first designated American College of Cardiology Center of Excellence in Education and Training.
More information about CAMLS is available online at www.camls-us.org
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NASP Announces its First President
Mike Ellis, corporate vice president, specialty pharmacy and infusion services for Walgreens, has been named the first president of the National Association of Specialty Pharmacy (NASP).
“This is an exciting time for specialty pharmacy and I’m excited to work with my colleagues on this distinguished Board of Directors to advance NASP’s mission and create a stronger, more unified voice for all stakeholders. At Walgreens, we share NASP’s dedication to serve the needs of patients living with complex, chronic health conditions and support the pharmacists they work with on a daily basis.”
-Mike Ellis, BSPharm, RPh
Corporate Vice President, Specialty Pharmacy & Infusion
Before joining Walgreens in 2011, Ellis served as senior vice president of specialty trade relations and contracting and pharmaceutical services for CVS Caremark. He has more than 32 years of specialty pharmacy and infusion experience and has held senior-level industry positions at AdvancePCS, Olsten Health Services and Quantum Health Resources. Ellis is a licensed pharmacist and earned his Bachelor of Science in pharmacy from the University of Arkansas College of Pharmacy.