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NCPDP Announces 2012 Annual Conference Keynote, Bill Geist, and Featured Speakers

(January 10, 2012)

Scottsdale, AZ -- (Marketwire) -- 01/10/12 -- The National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP) previews its conference keynote and other featured speakers for its upcoming 2012 Annual Technology & Business Conference, May 6-10, 2012 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa in Phoenix, Arizona. Emmy Award-winning correspondent for CBS News and New York Times best-selling author, Bill Geist, will deliver the keynote speech with his signature satirical commentary, addressing a broad healthcare audience that includes pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), retail and independent pharmacies, manufacturers, wholesale distributors, software vendors, database management organizations, health plans and others.

NCPDP's 2012 Annual Conference topics include: Electronic Prior Authorization (ePA), Drug Pricing, Health Information Exchange (HIE), Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), Market Trends, ePrescribing Controlled Substances, Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS), Patient Safety, and Privacy. For more information or to register for the conference, visit

Other confirmed speakers include:

NCPDP award recipients for 2011 will be announced at the 2012 Annual Conference. The call for nominees is currently open until February 10, 2012, for the following NCPDP member awards: TIME (The Individual Member Excellence) Award; Benjamin D. Ward Distinguished Member Award; and the Rising Star Award. To nominate an NCPDP member for an award, go to

NCPDP will apply for Continuing Education Credits for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians from the ACPE. NCPDP thanks AmerisourceBergen Corporation for providing services-in-kind for this program. NCPDP will also apply for the Health IT Certification CPHIE, CPHIT and CPEHR programs.

The NCPDP 2012 Annual Technology & Business Conference is open to NCPDP members and the media. Annual memberships are processed daily and available to all parties affected by the prescription drug industry. To view member benefits or to become a member, visit

The complimentary media registration form can be downloaded here.

For real-time updates before and during the event, follow us at or join the discussion using NCPDP's 2012 Annual Technology and Business Conference hashtag: #NCPDP12.

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 75,000 pharmacies, and HCIdea™, a database of continually updated information on more than 2 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
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