September 25, 2013 07:57 ET

NCPDP 2013 Fall Educational Summit to Focus on Patient Safety

Kaiser Permanente's Suarez Is Featured Keynote Speaker

SCOTTSDALE, AZ--(Marketwired - Sep 25, 2013) - The National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP) announced today it is hosting a special educational summit focused on using standards and best practices to safeguard patient safety. The one-day event, "Aligning Healthcare to Improve Patient Safety: NCPDP Is More Than Claims and Billing," will take place on November 5 at The Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront in Portland, Oregon.

NCPDP's Fall Educational Summit will feature speakers from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Surescripts, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and several leading organizations discussing an array of topics including:

  • Milliliter as Standard Measure for Dosing Liquid Medications
  • Continued Improvements on Labeling Medications Containing Acetaminophen
  • Universal Medication Schedule to Simplify Medication Administration (UMS)
  • Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMP)
  • Patient Safety Impact of Standards for Medication History and ePrescribing
  • Regulatory Initiatives Becoming Effective in 2014
  • Ongoing NCPDP Patient Safety Initiatives (e.g., REMS, ePrior Authorization, Drug Description and Product Naming Requirements)

The featured keynote speaker will be Walter Suarez, MD, MPH, Executive Director, Health IT Strategy and Policy for Kaiser Permanente. A physician and transformational thought leader on medical information systems, Dr. Suarez will review the development status of a risk-based regulatory framework for health IT that includes mobile medical applications, promotes innovation, protects patient safety, and avoids regulatory duplication. Dr. Suarez will discuss key principles, components and characteristics, and the way the industry is reacting to, and working towards its adoption and implementation.

The Educational Summit will be held the day before NCPDP's November Work Group meetings. NCPDP Work Group meetings provide a venue for its members and other industry stakeholders to work together to create solutions for healthcare. Non-members registered for the Summit can attend work group meetings at no additional charge.

Credentialed journalists who would like a press pass to the Summit may contact Maggie Bruce at

For a biography and photo of Walter Suarez, MD, MPH, click here.

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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.

Contact Information

    Marcia Rhodes
    Amendola Communications for NCPDP
    480-664-8412 ext. 13
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