Specialty Pharmacy Times: 2018 Asembia Recap

From the Chairman
Value Takes Center Stage at Asembia
As industry leaders converged on the largest annual conference focused on specialty pharmacy, issues surrounding value dominated the conversations at the Asembia Specialty Pharmacy Summit 2018.
Editorial
Key Takeaways from Asembia 2018
The annual Asembia Specialty Pharmacy Summit is the largest annual conference in the United States focused on specialty the specialty space.
In Practice
Use Asembia to Take Stock Before Going to Market
Asembia is great not only for networking conversations that can lead to transactions but also for taking stock of your organization.
Features
Asembia Featured Session Highlights Factors That Will Influence the Future of Specialty Pharmacy
Caught in the middle of a maelstrom of change currently engulfing the health care industry, specialty pharmacy is emerging as a powerful force that will play a key role in the growing conversations regarding value in health care.
Industry Takeaways From Asembia
As it is every year, the Asembia Summit was filled with a plethora of information that allowed for networking, business development, and personal development.
Health Care Solutions for a Changing Landscape
While navigating the expanding marketplace, health care innovators must continue to cope with rising costs, barriers to access, and a complicated reimbursement environment.
Specialty Pharmacies Honored for Exemplary Patient Support
The Specialty Pharmacy Patient Choice Award was created by Zitter Health Insights and Specialty Pharmacy Times in 2017 to honor specialty pharmacies and their commitment to patients.
Determining Value in Oncology and the Role of Specialty Pharmacy
The oncology treatment landscape is currently in the midst of an extraordinary evolution, with significant progress achieved in the development of both targeted and immunooncology treatments.
Digital Health, Accreditation Among Areas to Watch in Specialty
Health care industry trends affecting specialty pharmacy were the focus of a presentation at Asembia’s 2018 Specialty Pharmacy Summit.
How Specialty Pharmacies Can Be Prepared When Disaster Strikes
Disaster preparedness—a necessity for specialty pharmacies and their service providers, suppliers, and patients—goes well beyond stockpiling water and food supplies.
Utilization, Management Trends in Specialty Pharmacy Discussed at Asembia
Fourteen years after it began, the EMD Serono Specialty Digest continues to take an in-depth look at specialty pharmacy from a health plan perspective.
Legislative Efforts Make This an ‘Interesting Time’ to Be in Health Care Space
President Donald Trump recently called for “tougher negotiation, more competition, and much lower prices at the pharmacy counter,” in a statement on lowering drug prices.
How Technology Can Boost the Specialty Patient Experience
Creating and delivering an optimal patient experience was at the forefront of an educational presentation Tuesday, May 8 at Asembia’s 2018 Specialty Pharmacy Summit in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Careful Management Key to Fighting Opioid Epidemic
The huge financial and human costs make the opioid epidemic a timely and significant topic of discussion among pharmacists.
Working Collaboratively to Achieve Value-Based Care: What’s the Best Way?
Specialty pharmacy is in a “really good place” to work cross-functionally with pharmacists, physicians, and other health care providers toward providing the best value-based outcomes.
Strategies to Support Patients Taking Oral Oncolytics
A Connecticut health system was able to transform the way it manages oral oncology services to improve patient outcomes and experiences.
CE Highlights
Advancements Alter the Landscape for IBD Treatment
In the final presentation of the symposium, Kelly Mathews, PharmD, CSP, explored the nitty-gritty of specialty pharmacy care for patients with IBD
The Evolution of Immunoglobulin Therapy
This symposium traced the evolution of immunoglobulin therapy from this inception to the state-of-the-art intravenous immunoglobulin products currently employed to manage a wide range of immune disorders.
Goal-Directed Therapy Can Improve Outcomes in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension
Specialty pharmacies play a crucial role in providing the complex treatment regimens needed to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), a rare life-threatening disease that requires specialist care.
Challenges in Treating Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) remains difficult to diagnose and manage because of its unknown etiology, varied clinical course, associated comorbidities, and nonspecific respiratory symptoms.
Cystic Fibrosis: Specialty Pharmacists Can Enhance Care Through Education
At the Asembia Specialty Pharmacy Summit 2018, Pharmacy Times Continuing Education led a symposium focused on the pharmacist’s opportunity to improve disease state management in cystic fibrosis.
Treatment Standards in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
Effectively treating chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) requires pharmacists to remain up-to-date on the latest advances in care.
Specialty Pharmacy and Diabetic Retinopathy
Specialty pharmacists play a key role in guiding the treatment of patients with diabetic retinopathy.
The Future of Treating Psoriatic Disease
The number of treatment options available for psoriasis (PsO) and psoriatic arthritis (PsA) has significantly increased in the past decade and can provide patients with multiple modalities for efficacious symptom treatment, according to a continuing education symposium presented at the Asembia Specialty Pharmacy Summit 2018.
Novel Therapies in Rheumatoid Arthritis
A symposium presented at the Asembia Specialty Pharmacy Summit 2018 provided pharmacists a review of guideline-based RA management strategies, along with recent trial data on new and emerging agents.
PCSK9 Inhibitors and Specialty Pharmacy
Results from research show that nearly 30% of Americans 40 years and older use a prescription medication to control their cholesterol and that 83% of that population use statins.

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