May 10, 2013 13:48 ET

NCPDP 2013 Annual Conference Highlights Achievements & 2013 Goals

Healthcare's Most Connected Segment Continues to Expand Its Influence, Improve Patient Safety and Care Quality

SCOTTSDALE, AZ--(Marketwired - May 10, 2013) - Hundreds of attendees descended on Phoenix this week for the National Council for Prescription Drug Programs' 2013 Annual Technology & Business Conference to celebrate the organization's 2012 achievements and 2013 progress in advancing patient safety initiatives, standards development and improving the business of healthcare.

At the four-day conference, NCPDP President Lee Ann Stember provided a recap of recent accomplishments, including patient safety initiatives and standards development, as well as progress executing on key initiatives supported by its membership and validated by a recent organizational assessment:

  • NCPDP's expansion into dental through an agreement with the National Dental EDI Council (NDEDIC);
  • The launch of NCPDP's Edvocacy Program to increase awareness of NCPDP's standards and priorities among federal and state legislators; and
  • NCPDP's Circle of Leadership Program which provides a framework and process for engaging proven NCPDP leaders to cultivate a succession of visionary leaders who will maintain the organization relevance and leadership in transforming healthcare.

NCPDP also announced the formation of the "NCPDP Foundation," a 501(c)(3) organization that will provide funding for research projects and education to help advance NCPDP's mission and vision for healthcare.

Conference keynote speakers included: Carolyn M. Clancy, MD, director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ); Jennifer Frazier, policy analyst at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC); and Michio Kaku, an internationally-renown futurist, physicist and best-selling author.

Election results for NCPDP's Board of Trustees and award recipients:

Election Results

  • Thomas R. Bizzaro, R.Ph., vice president, health policy and industry relations, FDB (First Databank, Inc.) was appointed chair of the NCPDP Board of Trustees and Darren K. Townzen, R.Ph., MBA, director of billing, reconciliation, and healthcare data, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. was appointed vice-chair.

  • Newly elected Board Members include: Richard Klein Brook, vice president, pharmacy and sales, Emdeon; John W. Hill, MBA, MCM, vice president, sales and marketing, Argus Health Systems, Inc.; and Scott M. Robertson, R.Ph., Pharm. D, principal technology consultant, Kaiser Permanente.

  • Nancy J. Nemes, manager, Medicare and industry information, Catamaran; and Darren K. Townzen, R.Ph., MBA, director of billing, reconciliation, and healthcare data, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. were re-elected to the Board for another term.

  • Board of Trustees already serving include: Thomas R. Bizzaro, R.Ph., vice president, health policy and industry relations, FDB (First Databank, Inc.); Dale A. Chamberlain, president, Gateway Pharmacy Consulting, LLC; Alan K. Gardner, MBA, vice president of operations, RxResults, LLC; Russell B. Keith, vice president, pharmacy customer relations, Surescripts, LLC; Perry Lewis, assistant vice president, PBM relations, McKesson AccessHealth; Laurie Littlecreek, senior director, retail network operations, Express Scripts, Inc.; Mara N. Mitchel, PMP, vice president, 3rd party operations, PharMerica Corporation; Charlie Oltman, MBA, CHC, senior manager, regulatory affairs, Target Corporation; and Damon R. Tressler, director, industry standards, systems and practices, CVS Caremark.

  • Outgoing Board members include: James P. Andrews, R.Ph., executive vice president, pharmacy, Healthcare Solutions; Bob Beckley, Beckley Consulting; and Michele Vilaret Davidson, R.Ph., manager, pharmacy technical standards, development and policy, Walgreen Co.

Award Recipients

  • NCPDP named Perry Lewis, assistant vice president, PBM relations, McKesson AccessHealth, as recipient of its prestigious TIME (The Individual Member Excellence) Award.
  • Margaret Weiker, president, The Weiker Group, was presented the Benjamin D. Ward Distinguished Member Award.
  • Traci Lin Gercone, product industry consultant, Argus Health Systems, Inc., received the Rising Star Award.

The NCPDP's 37th Annual Technology & Business Conference will be held May 4-8, 2014 at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona.

To download NCPDP's 2012 Annual Report, Connecting Healthcare to Improve Patient Safety and Health Outcomes, visit

Founded in 1977, NCPDP is a not-for-profit, ANSI-accredited, Standards Development Organization with over 1,600 members representing virtually every sector of the pharmacy services industry. Our diverse membership provides leadership and healthcare business solutions through education and standards, created using the consensus building process. NCPDP has been named in federal legislation, including HIPAA, MMA, and HITECH. NCPDP members have created standards such as the Telecommunication Standard and Batch Standard, the SCRIPT Standard for e-Prescribing, the Manufacturers Rebate Standard and more to improve communication within the pharmacy industry. Our data products include dataQ®, a robust database of information on more than 76,000 pharmacies, and HCIdea®, a database of continually updated information on more than 2.3 million prescribers. NCPDP's RxReconn® is a legislative tracking product for real-time monitoring of pharmacy-related state and national legislative and regulatory activity. For more information about NCPDP Standards, Data Services, Products, Educational Programs and Work Group meetings, go online at or call (480) 477-1000.

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    Janet Cabibbo
    Amendola Communications for NCPDP
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