The Impact of a Health-System Based Program to Improve Access to Specialty Medications for Vulnerable Patients

ACPE UAN #:   0233-0000-16-034-H04-P

Release Date:  Friday, April 22, 2016

Expiration Date:   Friday, April 22, 2019

Activity Type:  Knowledge-based  

Contact Hours:   1.25

Activity Fee:  Member:  $15.00             Non-Member:  $30.00


As an accredited provider, AMCP strictly adheres to the ACPE Standards for Commercial Support and other relevant guidelines and standards to ensure the independence of continuing pharmacy education (CPE) activities.  It is AMCP’s intent that all CPE activities be independent, objective, balanced, evidence-based and free of any commercial bias.   

Target Audience: This repurposed session from the AMCP Annual Meeting 2016 is designed to provide insights and solutions for pharmacists who practice in managed care settings, to help them maintain and enhance their knowledge, skills, and abilities. 

Activity Overview

Health plans, pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) and traditional specialty pharmacies experience challenges in meeting the needs of high-risk vulnerable patients, which may result in additional costs and resources. In particular, delays in access to specialty drugs in this high-risk population may result in increased hospital admissions and emergency room visits. Access issues also can disrupt continuity of care and add to the overall resource burden. In order to address problems associated with access, health systems have begun to explore specialty pharmacy (SP) as a new ambulatory pharmacy practice.

This session will explore the SP-ACCESS program, which improves access to specialty medications for vulnerable patients at the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System (UI Health), consisting of minority populations living below poverty and with limited access to education. Attendees will learn how this novel program provides direct care to improve access and lower costs through best practices and lessons learned. 

Learning Objectives:  

  1. Describe the challenges and opportunities of a vulnerable patient population using specialty pharmaceuticals.
  2. Identify the elements of a health-system based specialty pharmacy that improve patient access to specialty medications.
  3. Review clinical models of health-system based care in therapeutic areas such as immune disorders, oncology, multiple sclerosis, hepatitis C, pulmonary arterial hypertension, and sickle cell disease.
  4. Discuss best practices in managing a vulnerable patient population using specialty pharmaceuticals.

Schedule of Educational Activity

This CPE online activity consists of a pre-recorded audio/slide presentation, a pre-test (to establish prior knowledge, not required to pass), a post-test with a score of 70% or higher, and a specific online activity evaluation. 

Faculty Relevant Financial Relationships Disclosure: AMCP asks everyone who is in a position to control the content of a continuing pharmacy education activity to disclose all relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. If AMCP determines that a conflict of interest exists as a result of a financial relationship you have (or that your spouse/partner has), we will need to take appropriate steps to resolve the conflict of interest.

  •  Rebekah L. Hanson, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP reports:  Speaker’s Bureau:  United Therapeutics.
  •  JoAnn Stubbings, BSPharm, MHCA reports having no financial relationships with any commercial interests during  the past 12 months.
  •  AMCP staff report no relevant financial relationships pertinent to this activity: Puneet Singh, PharmD and Ruby Singh, PharmD, BCPS.

Method and CPE Requirements:   

Participants should claim continuing pharmacy education (CPE) credit for this online activity, only if they have not claimed credit for the live activity presented at the AMCP Annual Meeting 2016. 

CPE credit will be processed through the AMCP Learn portal and reported directly to CPE Monitor.  Please allow 24-72 hours for processing and posting in your NABP account.

To receive CPE credit for an AMCP Learn online activity you must:

  • View the entire pre-recorded audio/slide presentation.
  • Successfully complete the post-test with a score of 70% or higher (The post-test will provide feedback.)
  • Complete a specific online activity evaluation.

System Technical Requirements/Viewing Requirements: System Requirements Courses and learning activities are delivered via your Web browser and Acrobat PDF. For all activities you should have a basic comfort level using a computer and navigating the web site.  View the minimum technical and system requirements for online educational activities.

Credit Information

Activity Number Credit Amount Accreditation Period
ACPE UAN #0233-0000-16-034-H04-P 1.25 Contact Hours April 22, 2016 - April 22, 2019