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Agenda and Speakers

Download:  AGENDA: POHMS 23rd Annual Fall Conference

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

4:00 pm to 6:00 pm       
Member and Vendor Registration in the Garden Terrace Lounge Bar


6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
NEW this year, please join us for a
Welcome Reception in the Fountain Lobby 
All registered attendees are invited


This program has been approved for 9.5 AAPC CEU's


Thursday, November 9, 2017

7:30 am      Breakfast and Registration in the Garden Terrace Lounge

8:30 am       Welcome and Opening Remarks 
                         Maryann Wingate
                         POHMS President

8:45 am       Keynote Speaker - Matt Jones
                      Matt Jones, went from being a three-time cancer conqueror, to relearning how to walk,
surviving a bone marrow transplant, to completing seven marathons on seven
and yes that includes Antarctica! Matt uses his story of overcoming
                      insurmountable odds to
inspire audiences to achieve greater victory during these times of
                      change and uncertainty. 

                      For more information about Matt Jones please visit his website at

9:45 am    Cancer Care Policy & Initiatives: What's Happened & Where Are We Headed?
                     Ted Okon, MBA
                      Executive Director
                      Community Oncology Alliance

10:45 am     Break in Exhibit Hall     
                      Please be sure to stop and visit all our exhibitors, without them this program
                      would not be possible


11:15 am     Benchmarking Your Practice:  Spotlight on POHMS Practices?
                     Roberta Buell, MBA
                     onPoint Oncology, LLC

12:15 pm    LUNCH in the Fountain Lobby

1:15 pm      Unpacking MIPS:  Preparing for 2018 and Beyond!
                     Nate Brown
                     Senior Product Strategy Manager
                     Flatiron Health

 2:00 pm     Confronting the 'New' Managed Care Contract 
                    Alice Gosfield, Esq.
                    Alice G. Gosfield and Associates, P.C.

3:00 pm       Break with Exhibitors
                    Please be sure to stop and visit all our exhibitors, without them this program would
                    not be possible     

3:30 pm        How to Leverage the Community Oncologists Status as the Low Cost Provider in a
                     Value Based World      
                       Tom Gallo
                        Executive Director
                        Virginia Cancer Institute                                                 

4:30 pm       CHOC Member Business Meeting
                      (Active and Associate CHOC Members only please)

6:00 pm       Reception in the Fountain Lobby and Garden Terrace Lounge

7:00 pm       Dinner and fun!
                      Following dinner we will have Comedian:  Big Daddy Graham
                      All are welcome to attend but registration for this event is required


Friday, November 10, 2017

7:30 am          Breakfast and Registration in the Garden Terrace Lounge

8:00 am          POHMS Member Business Meeting
                          (Active and Associate Members only please)

9:30 am          USP <800> Compliance in Community Practice– Hazardous Drug                           
                        Handling Practical Compliance Strategies for Independent Medical                           

                          Lou Diorio, RPh
                          LDT Health Solutions, Inc.

Although the potential therapeutic benefits of compounded sterile hazardous drug preparations generally outweigh the risks of their adverse effects in ill patients. The risks to healthcare workers providing these essential therapies risk similar adverse effects with no therapeutic benefit. Hazardous drugs as compounded sterile preparations (CSPs) must be handled and prepared only under conditions that protect healthcare workers. This session will attempt to describe practical strategies to reach compliance with USP General Chapters <797>, and <800>, as well as relevant OSHA, and NIOSH regulations that impact the handling of hazardous drugs by healthcare personnel.

Learning Objectives:

Management Personnel-

Evaluate your current Hazardous Drug compounding program.

Identify key characteristics of fully compliant HD employee training program.

Compounders / Pharmacists- 

Describe the components and work practice strategies available which can protect all compounding and administration personnel in handling HDs.

Outline three major characteristics of a fully compliant HD compounding location / pharmacy / physical


Describe the critical characteristics of a compliant HD drug storage plan.

       Nurses / Pharmacy Technicians- 

Describe the major characteristics of a comprehensive HD cleaning process.

Describe the characteristics of a fully compliant personnel HD training program.


10:30 am         Town Hall with Supportive Care & Palliative Medicine
                          Venkat Muvva, MD
                          Assistant Medical Director
                          UPMC Pinnacle Supportive Care and Palliative Medicine
                          Pinnacle Health System (Harrisburg, PA)
                          Katherine Dawson, MSN, APN, ACHPN, NP-C
                           Palliative Care Program Manager
                           Pinnacle Health System (Harrisburg, PA)

11:30 am           Break
                         Please be sure to stop and visit all our exhibitors, without them this program would
                         not be possible 

12:00 pm        Coding and Billing Update and Patient Financial Counseling
Rise Cleland

                           During this session we will identify current billing and coding challenges and discuss
                           “best practice” solutions for addressing them. We will also discuss a practical
                           approach to patient financial assistance.


1:30 pm          Closing Remarks



Speaker Disclaimer & Statement of Non-Endorsement
Speakers and Topics subject to change

The views expressed in presentations made at POHMS membership meetings or other POHMS events are
those of the speaker and not, necessarily, of POHMS. Presentations at POHMS events, or the presence
of vendors at POHMS events, do not constitute an endorsement of the vendor or speaker’s views,
products or services.

Disclaimer of Liability

With regard to any information presented at any POHMS event, POHMS does not make any warranty,
express or implied, including the warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular
purpose, and specifically disclaims any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy,
completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product, service or process presented
and makes no representation that its use would not infringe upon privately owned rights.

Disclaimer of Endorsement

The presence of a commercial vendor at a POHMS event, and the presentation by any vendor of any
information regarding any specific commercial products, process, or service by trade name,
trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise, does not constitute or imply POHMS’ endorsement,
recommendation, or favoring of such item or organization. POHMS offers the categories of Allied
Membership to organizations which are not oncology practices but have an interest in promoting the improvement of business conditions among oncology practices. As supporters of POHMS’ mission,
Allied Members are given the opportunity to present information to POHMS members.  

Any such material presented by any vendor in any format, without limitation, is for informational
purposes only. Any potential customer of any vendor, who is present at a POHMS event, is expected
to conduct their own due diligence and assessment of the vendor, product, or services as
appropriate for their needs.