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There are hundreds of specialty drugs on the market and they continue to impact the lives of people managing life-threatening conditions. As the pipeline of new innovative drug therapies grows, so does the importance of education and awareness for those managing pharmacy benefits. Today, we will be diving into cellular and gene therapies.
In this one-hour interactive webinar, HR benefits managers will learn about new specialty pharmacy trends and strategies to help save lives and balance the budget. Jacob Chaffee, Clinical Pharmacist, and Kim Foerster, Director of Account Management, Pharmacy Services, will share their expertise on the importance of specialty drugs, their impact, major trends in specialty pharmacy and the specialty drug pipeline. We'll specifically discuss Cellular and Gene Therapies and provide strategies for HR/benefit administrators to manage these upcoming changes and emerging therapies, to deliver the best treatment at the lowest costs and make the best decisions for pharmacy benefits for their employees and families.
Jacob Chaffee is the clinical pharmacist in charge of emerging therapies at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. He is responsible for monitoring the pharmaceutical pipeline and supporting development of pharmacy and medical policies for novel therapies. The Emerging Therapies Workgroup at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan provides clinical support and strategy to various departments, including: actuary, contracting, sales and marketing, and formulary management. He has several years of pharmacy experience, including specialty pharmacy and health plan industries. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Ferris State University College of Pharmacy and completed a residency in managed care at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.
Kim Foerster, Director of Pharmacy Account Management, leads the Pharmacy Liaison team that supports current Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network clients; the Pharmacy Consulting Specialists that offer strategic sales support; the pharmacy proposal writing team; and the pharmacy member communications team. Under Kim's leadership, the groups are collectively responsible for collaborating with our internal partners to effectively communicate the value of our pharmacy programs and ensure the highest level of service is experienced by our clients and members.
Prior to joining the Blue Cross team, Kim was a vice president for a prominent pharmacy consulting firm and facilitated pharmacy vendor contracting negotiations and oversight to ensure accountability on behalf of health plans and self-insured employer groups across the United States. Kim's 20 years of health care experience also includes building the Managed Care division for what was Michigan's largest specialty pharmacy to position it to become the nation's fourth largest from both a revenue and patient volume perspective. Kim's continued success is built on integrity, relationship development, and a commitment to building teams that consistently exceed service expectations.
This course is certified by the Human Resources Certification Institute for continuing education credit. This activity has been approved for 1 HR recertification credit hour through HR Certification Institute®.
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This program is valid for 1 PDCs for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM.
Director of Pharmacy Account Management, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Clinical Pharmacist, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan