Alliance Update, January 2020

Alliance Update

Notes about Upcoming Alliance Meetings
By Sean Singh

1. Spring Member Meeting and Hill Day – March

We have a Draft Agenda for the Spring Members Meeting, which will be held in Washington DC on March 29th to 31st, 2020. The general meeting will begin on Sunday March 29th at 2 pm followed by a networking reception at 5:30 pm. Please register here and book your hotel stay. We will be working with centers to bring patients to participate in the Hill Day on Tuesday March 31st. We ask that you bring a patient that will be able to talk to members of Congress about your HTC 340B Pharmacy program and the benefits the community receives. The Hemophilia Alliance will pay for the patient’s costs to participate (airfare and ground transportation, one night’s accommodations and meals). Please register your patient here.

Should you have questions about the meeting agenda, space, accommodations or any other logistics please contact us anytime.

2. Join us for an Informative Meeting at HTRS/THSNA – April

The Hemophilia Alliance will be holding a Pre-Conference session at HTRS/THSNA on Wednesday April 22nd, 2020. Lunch will be served at the meeting which begins at 1 pm. The meeting will be led by Joseph Pugliese President and CEO of the Hemophilia Alliance. The topic of the session is “Sustainability of the HTC Pharmacy (340B) with Emerging Therapies.” This will be an interactive session where we discuss financial models for emerging therapies. The current and pending changes make maintaining your current business and expanding your footprint critical for sustaining the comprehensive care mode. The Hemophilia Alliance continues to work with Insurance Companies, Brokers and Consultants to keep HTCs in network and continue to give them access to provide pharmacy services in dispensing factor products to their patients. Please RSVP here. Please feel free to contact us at any time with questions about the program.

3. Fall Members Meeting – October

Please save the date for the Fall Members Meeting being held from Sunday October 4th to Tuesday October 6th. The general meeting will begin on Monday October 5th at 8 am and end at 4 pm on Tuesday October 6th. Hotel information and registration will be available soon.

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REMINDER: 2020 340B Program HRSA Grantee Recertification Period Begins in January

See below for a note from CDR Samuel N. Cardarella RN, BSN with details about the 2020 recertification process:

Dear 340B Stakeholders,

The 2020 340B Program HRSA Grantee Recertification period for Consolidated Health Centers, Federal Qualified Health Center Look-Alikes, Ryan White, Comprehensive Hemophilia Treatment Centers, Native Hawaiian, Black Lung Programs, Urban Indian, and Tribal Compact 638 will be January 27-February 24, 2020. There will be a recertification webinar held on January 22, 2020 from 1-2pm EST. A separate email will be sent out with all the information required to access the webinar.

Prior to being able to recertify, Authorizing Officials (AOs) and Primary Contacts (PCs) must set up a user account in the 340B Office of Pharmacy Affairs Information System (340B OPAIS). Failure to set up user accounts will result in not being able to view accounts or conduct recertification, thus removal from the 340B Program. AOs and PCs must create individual user accounts, they will not be able to share access. All active 340B ID’s associated with an AOs user account must be updated in order for recertification to be completed by the established deadline.

If any contact information has changed since last recertification or new ones need to be added, please send all information to Jvolpe@hrsa.gov prior to the start of recertification.

For assistance with the 340B OPAIS, I strongly encourage you and the covered entities to utilize the online help that is available for your convenience. HRSA also has information and tutorials available on our website at https://www.hrsa.gov/opa/340b-opais/index.html. For further assistance please contact the 340B call center operated by the 340B Prime Vendor Program at apexusanswers@340bpvp.com or 1-888-340-2787 (Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. EST).

Regards,
CDR Samuel N. Cardarella RN, BSN
Program Management Officer
Operations Branch, Office of Pharmacy Affairs
Health Systems Bureau, Health Resources Services Administration
Office 301-945-0930
scardarella@hrsa.gov
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2020 Meeting Schedule

  • Social Worker Conference: February 26th to 28th
  • Spring Members Meeting: March 29th and 30th in Washington, DC
  • Hill Day visits: March 31st in Washington, DC
  • HTRS/THSNA Preconference: April 22nd
  • Meeting for New HTC Members: May 6th to 8th in Minneapolis
  • Fall Members Meeting: October 4th to 6th

Also in this Issue…

Notes from Joe
· 2020 Outlook
· Marketing and Operating Strategic Plan Goals for 2020
· 2020 Payer Team Goals
· 2020 Advocacy and Policy Goals

Payer Update
· A Thank You to the Hemophilia Alliance

Notes from the Community
· Hemophilia Alliance Foundations Funds Health and Fitness Videos
· Final Reminder: Deadline to Apply for the Hemophilia Alliance Foundation’s 2020 Grant is Approaching