Highlights of NASP 2015 Accomplishments and 2016 Goals
Legislative and Public Policy
Established NASP as the voice of specialty pharmacy to the Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Congress, and major news outlets. In January, representatives of NASP met with staff at CMS to discuss the criteria for network adequacy and the notification period when specialty pharmacies are shifted out of a plan’s network. In February, the NASP business office moved to Alexandria, Virginia, in suburban Washington, DC, to be close to government agencies, Congress, and other organizations with which NASP interacts.
NASP has continued its meetings with CMS and, in September, with the assistance of corporate member MHA, held its first Hill Visit Day. Members of Congress and their staffers need to hear from us about the extensive patient care services that specialty medications require, that patients need, that NASP members provide, and that ultimately save healthcare dollars.
In addition, NASP reacted quickly by providing accurate information and contacting major news outlets directly when specialty pharmacy was mischaracterized and confused with pharmacies that found ways to charge higher prices for prescription medications available at a much lower cost through other channels. NASP’s advocacy and public communications will increase significantly in 2016 to ensure that our message about specialty pharmacy’s contribution is heard amid the concern about healthcare costs.
Launched the Center for Specialty Pharmacy Education (CSPE)
CSPE is an online CE center owned by NASP and operated by ProCE, Inc. More than 200 individuals participated in the first CSPE webinar, “Biosimilars Prepare for Takeoff: Insights for Specialty Pharmacy,” developed with the generous support of Sandoz. For 2016, NASP expects to grow the number of offerings so that CSPE becomes a comprehensive center for education on both clinical and management topics. We expect to expand CSPE beyond online to live CE activities as well, and we expect more manufacturers of specialty pharmaceuticals to support these CE programs.
Initiated a Daily “SmartBrief”
Distributed daily, a specialty pharmacy–centered report that summarizes important news items that help you stay abreast of recent developments in the specialty pharmacy industry. More than 2,000 NASP members and others read the NASP Specialty Pharmacy SmartBrief every day. If you haven’t already done so, sign up here for our SmartBrief.
Held Our 3rd Annual Meeting & Expo
This was a huge success, which attracted a record-breaking 700 attendees (up 33% from 2014). Hosted at the Gaylord National Harbor in Washington, DC, this NASP meeting offered business-networking opportunities for all stakeholders and an excellent educational program.
4th Annual Meeting & Expo: September 26-28, 2016
The NASP 2016 Annual Meeting & Expo will also be held in Washington, DC. We expect to welcome more than 1,200 attendees to the 2016 meeting, which is scheduled for Monday, September 26, through Wednesday, September 28, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. Be sure to save the date and stay tuned, as we will be providing more information about the 2016 NASP meeting during the first quarter of the year, as plans develop. Any proposals for sponsorship, speaking, or educational programs is requested as soon as possible by calling the NASP Washington offices.
Expanded Washington, DC, NASP National Offices
We completed a management transition to new offices in Washington, DC, to better serve our continued growth, member services, and educational programs. Additionally, we have added Jayson Slotnik, MPH, JD, an experienced health policy expert, to our staff, and retained Bob Fulcher, formerly of AMCP, who is a very experienced executive with many years in organized pharmacy and healthcare, as our Chief Operating Officer. We are planning to add business development and administrative staff in 2016.
Compliance and Oversight
NASP today is led by a dedicated Board of Directors, Executive Board, an experienced and professional team, and supported by Washington’s best not-for-profit association accounting and legal firms who report directly to the Board. The Board is committed to sound and transparent operations. We are also continuing to grow our committees—Education, Government Relations, Budget and Finance, Annual Meeting and Expo, and Membership—all of which will be playing more active roles in 2016. Please look to volunteer and join in our growth.
Expanded Marketing and Medical Communications
NASP has entered into an arrangement with The Lynx Group, a medical communications firm and publishers of American Health & Drug Benefits and the Journal of Hematology Oncology Pharmacy. The Lynx Group will support our meeting planning, marketing, membership, and communications. This arrangement will provide a much-needed improvement to our outreach to all stakeholders in specialty pharmacy and allow the NASP staff to focus on advocacy, support for our committees and other volunteer groups, while helping the Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and various committees to lead NASP’s continued growth and development.
NASP Membership Represents Over 50% Specialty Pharmacy Industry Stakeholders
In addition, NASP welcomed several new members in 2015, including Apothecary by Design, BioPlusRx Specialty Pharmacy, ColdKeepers, Dawson Logistics, Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems, Qualita’s Pharmacy Services, ReCept Pharmacy, Sandoz, and SelectHealth. NASP encourages membership by all stakeholders in the specialty pharmacy industry. Our specialty pharmacy provider members now represent nearly 60% of the specialty pharmacy spend in the United States.
If you are not a member of NASP, you need to join us. NASP is committed to providing education, networking, and advocacy for you and all stakeholders in our industry. However, we need your voice and we need your support. NASP is the only association representing specialty pharmacy. No one else is going to do it for us and, indeed, without NASP, less positive perspectives will be heard more at federal agencies, on Capitol Hill, and in the news media.