Speakers

Below you will find this year’s list of knowledgeable and dynamic speakers. Click on the boxes below to learn more about each individual.

Laura Cranston

Laura Cranston, RPh

Executive Director
Pharmacy Quality Alliance, Inc.

Laura Cranston is currently the Executive Director of the Pharmacy Quality Alliance, Inc. (PQA), a non-profit, membership-based organization that was formed in April 2006.  PQA’s mission is to improve the quality of medication use across healthcare settings through a collaborative process to design and implement performance measures, demonstrate improvements in patient care, and recognize examples of exceptional pharmacy quality. Laura has built the PQA organization from the ground up with the leadership and engagement of a 17-member Board of Directors. Today, PQA is a 140-plus member organization that serves as a multi-stakeholder, consensus-based organization. PQA’s membership includes health plans, PBMs, government agencies including CMS and the FDA, retail pharmacy organizations, HIT and MTM vendors, standards setting organizations, pharmaceutical manufacturers and the majority of pharmacy practitioner and trade associations.

Laura Cranston has been over two decades in healthcare association management. She worked initially as a resident at the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, than progressed to a position at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, and then established the Institute for the Advancement of Community Pharmacy.

A pharmacy graduate of St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions (1984) in New York, Laura currently serves as Chair of the Dean’s Advisory Council of the St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions, and she also serves on the Board of Governors for the overall University. She is also on the Dean’s Advisory Council at the University of Notre Dame.

Laura is a frequent lecturer/presenter on the issues of appropriate and safe medication use, and quality measurement.

Michelle Juhanson

Michelle Juhanson

Director of Compliance and Quality
PerformRx

Michelle Juhanson has been working for the AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies since 2007, and for PerformRx since 2009. As Director of Compliance and Quality, she  is accountable for the audit, compliance, and quality functions in PerformRx and has proven expertise in Medicare Part D, FWA, auditing, and URAC and NCQA accreditations. She is a member of various industry coalitions and work groups. She is also a public speaker with a passion for regulatory compliance, beneficiary protections, and giving business owners a framework to develop compliant solutions in an ever-changing healthcare landscape.

Michelle has 10 years of Part D compliance experience in multiple settings: Part D IRE (MAXIMUS Federal services), plan sponsor (Select Health of South Carolina), and PBM (PerformRx). She has overseen PerformRx and PerformSpecialty’s accreditation and reaccreditation with URAC in Pharmacy Benefit Managemetn (PBM), Drug Therapy Management (DTM), and Specialty Pharmacy. In 2015, she led PerformRx taskforce as one of only four organizations selected to participate in the CMS Point of Sale Pilot.

Michelle is certified in Health Care Compliance (CHC) and Health Care Privacy Compliance (CHPC) by the Health Care Compliance Association

 

Andrew Maiorini

Andrew Maiorini, RPh

Vice President, Clinical Programs
PerformRx

Andrew Maiorini has been with PerformRx since 2005, serving in various clinical roles supporting formulary management, Drug Utilization Review, and Drug Therapy Management. Andrew joined PerformRx as a clinical pharmacist. His scope of clinical expertise spans the growth and expansion of PerformRx’s award-winning Drug Therapy Management program, the implementation of Medicare Part D programs, as well as the specialty drug management, bleeding disorder and Hepatitis-C management programs. Additionally, he developed several advanced utilization management programs, including the opioid overutilization management program. In his current role, he oversees formulary development, drug therapy management, pharmacy informatics/analysis and PerformRx’s state-of-the-art prior authorization process.   

Andrew graduated from La Salle University with a Bachelor’s in Biology. He then received his Doctor of Pharmacy from Temple University’s School of Pharmacy. Andrew and then completed a General Practice Residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Prior to working at PerformRx, Andrew was the ICU Clinical Pharmacist for Delaware County Memorial Hospital in the Crozer-Keystone Health System. Andrew joined PerformRx in October of 2005.

Dino Martino

Dino Martino, RPh

Executive Director
PerformSpecialty

With more than 18 years in the specialty pharmacy arena, Dino Martino, RPh, has held senior leadership roles in various aspects of the industry ranging from pharmacy supervision and design during the growth of one of the first large scale specialty pharmacies in the 90s to ensuring regulatory pharmacy practice and operations responsibility acting as Pharmacist-In-Charge for one of the nation’s largest specialty pharmacies as recently as 2010.  In 2014, Dino accepted the role of Executive Director for PerformSpecialty where he is responsible for overseeing all operations.

Other aspects of his experience include pharmacy design and implementation of technology solutions including inventory management, order fulfillment, and quality assurance in state-of-the-art high volume, multi-million dollar pharmacy dispensing systems. He has also led overall lean six sigma initiatives and continuous improvement efforts to support clinical and pharmacy operations efficiency and advancements in quality standards for patient services. He has obtained multiple accreditations for specialty pharmacies including URAC, ACHC, HQAA, and JCAHO and has served as a key information and operations systems consultant in major departments, including new corporate business development, clinical endeavors, third party/government payers and process improvement in all areas.

Dino holds a bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and has completed additional post graduate work in the areas of biopharmaceutics and pharmacokinetics. He holds pharmacist licensure in multiple states.

Areas of Expertise

  • Pharmacy Regulations and Licensure
  • Facility Design
  • Pharmacy Operations
  • Support Programs
Charles Bacchi

Charles Bacchi

President & CEO
California Association of Health Plans

Charles Bacchi is the President & CEO for the California Association of Health Plans (CAHP) representing 49 health plans providing coverage to over 25 million Californians.  For the last ten years Mr. Bacchi served in leadership positions at CAHP, most recently as Executive Vice President, leading the Association’s advocacy before the California Legislature, the California Health Benefit Exchange, and the Department of Managed Health Care on behalf of CAHP’s health plan members.

A veteran of California’s political community, Mr. Bacchi has over 20 years of experience in California’s legislative, advocacy, and trade association arenas. Under the Affordable Care Act, health plans play a critical role in offering millions of Californians access to health care.  As state policymakers crafted California’s approach to ACA implementation, Bacchi played a prominent role as the health plan voice on a range of issues, including translation of the ACA into state law, the start-up of Covered California, and the expansion of the state’s Medicaid program, Medi-Cal.

Audrey S. Brown

Audrey S. Brown

President & CEO
Florida Association of Health Plans

Audrey S. Brown is the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Florida Association of Health Plans.   Brown has held leadership positions in both the private and public sectors and has over a decade of insurance legislative and regulatory experience.

Most recently, Brown served as chief of staff to Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty where she was chief policy advisor to the commissioner, chief lobbyist on agency fiscal matters and managed the operations of the Office of Insurance Regulation.  Additionally, Brown served as deputy chief of staff to the commissioner and as director of government relations. 

Prior to that, Brown was the manager of Contract Compliance & Administration for AvMed Health Plans.  She began her professional career serving in the Executive Office of Governor Jeb Bush.  Brown attended Florida State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science.

Sheena Cherian

Sheena A. Cherian, PharmD

Director, Clinical Outcomes and Therapeutic Optimization
PerformRx

As Director of Clinical Outcomes and Therapeutic Optimization, Sheena leverages her certifications in medication therapy management, patient-centered diabetes care and motivational interviewing to develop programs that deliver superior patient care resulting in improved health outcomes.  Sheena uses this role to mentor new pharmacists by serving as an advanced pharmacy practice resident preceptor.  Sheena is also a member of PerformRx’s Clinical Services Advisory Team, which ensures quality in various areas including DTM, Prior Authorization, Formulary Management, Drug Utilization Review and Specialty.

Sheena earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy, graduating summa cum laude. Sheena has received the Mortar & Pestle Professionalism Award based on her ideals of professionalism and excellence in patient care and demonstration of exceptional service and commitment to the profession of pharmacy through the development of the “Innovations in Pharmacy” Award.  She is actively engaged in Pharmacy Quality Alliance, Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy and American Pharmacists Association.

Phil Gerbino

Phil Gerbino, PharmD

President Emeritus, Linwood F. Tice Professor Emeritus
University of the Sciences

Dr. Gerbino currently a Strategic Consultant for Pharmaceutical Industry, Health Care and Higher Education, is the retired President of University of the Sciences serving in that capacity for over 16 years.  Dr. Gerbino helped guide and facilitated the growth of the 190-year-old institution from its 1821 roots as Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science (PCPS) into the five colleges that now comprise the University.

Dr. Gerbino is a strategic problem solver and an accomplished professional chairman and facilitator, leading hundreds of internal and external and national and global meetings for pharmaceutical industry, pharmacy and health care. He has published and lectured extensively and globally. He served as President of the American Pharmaceutical Association in 1990. He served simultaneously as a civilian pharmacy consultant to the Air Force Surgeon General and consultant designee to the Army, Medical Service Corps, and also to DOD, Health Affairs.

He has served nationally on editorial and advisory boards of pharmacy, medical, and healthcare organizations and publications, and for over 35 years has been as a consultant on strategic planning, marketing, and new business development to the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. He has also executive coached and participated or led the integration or consolidation of departments, companies and divisions in the pharmaceutical and health care industries.

Dr. Gerbino has or continues to serve on boards of directors of private and public healthcare companies, and regional professional and civic organizations, including BioAdvance, Pennsylvania Bio, The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, and the University City Science Center. He has chaired the University City Keystone Innovation Zone and has served as an advisor or consultant to Quaker BioVentures, Highland Capital, InVentivHealth, Star Life Sciences, HealthCarePays, SpectaMD, TherimuneX and others. He has been a board member at Genesis Health Care, NeighborCare, Family Meds, Health A-Z, Care Partners Plus, Cybear, Target Rx and others. Dr. Gerbino is a Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia; the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management; and the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP). He received the 2010 Frank Baldino Jr., CEO of the Year Award from Pennsylvania Bio was recognized in PharmaVoice, 2005, Top 100 as a “Change Agent”. He is the recipient of numerous national leadership awards.

Prior to being named President at University of the Sciences, Dr. Gerbino served as Dean of the School of Pharmacy and Vice President of Academic Affairs at USciences/PCP&S.  In retirement he retains the title of President Emeritus, USciences and Linwood F. Tice Professor Emeritus at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy.  Dr. Gerbino earned his B.S. in Pharmacy and his Pharm.D., from PCPS where he worked for more than 38 years as an educator, administrator and leader. He also is certified in Organizational Development.

Dominick Pallone

Dominick Pallone

Executive Director
Michigan Association of Health Plans

Dominick Pallone is the Executive Director for the Michigan Association of Health Plans (MAHP), a Lansing based organization that represents 13 health plans in Michigan.

Prior to joining MAHP, Dominick was a Partner at Midwest Strategy Group, a multi-client lobby firm where he specialized in health care, state appropriations, Medicaid, higher education, transportation, and state procurement.  He has also served as staff within the state House and Senate, most notably as Committee Clerk for the Senate Appropriations Committee and the Joint Capital Outlay Subcommittee.

Currently, Dominick volunteers his time by serving on the Board of the Michigan Transportation Connection and was appointed by Governor Snyder to the Michigan Municipal Services Authority Board.

Dominick earned his Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from Michigan State University, James Madison College.  During his academic years, he served on the NCAA Student Athlete Advisory Council representing Division 1 student-athletes.

Sponsors & Exhibitors

 

Opening Reception Sponsor

  • Healthcare IT

Gold Sponsors

  • Allergen
  • Argus
  • Lilly
  • Sanofi
  • Viking