Available Until 12/31/2023

Dollars and Sense: Leveraging Noise to Estimate Cost Impact in the Specialty Pipeline

Course Description:

The growing, evolving specialty pipeline presents an opportunity for payers to assess how they anticipate and prepare for potential financial impacts brought on by new-to-market specialty drugs. This session will provide an overview of data points and best practices available to payers, as well as how to leverage these tools to build valuable cost impact analyses and achieve cost-effective health outcomes.  

Faculty will review the specialty pipeline’s overall potential financial ramifications and opportunities that exist to analyze and anticipate post-approval impact. The faculty will also illustrate this process through two real-world case studies of researching and calculating cost impacts in U.S.-wide patient populations, and how those models can be incorporated into plan forecasts.  

Learning Objectives 

At the completion of this activity, participants should be able to: 

  • Identify the potential impact of the specialty pipeline and the importance of preparedness for new-to-market drugs.  
  • Describe the important data points that make up comprehensive cost impact models.  
  • Explain how to develop a game plan for building out valuable cost impact models.  
  • Summarize how cost models can generate an overall forecast for a health plan.  

Target Audience

This knowledge-based activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of pharmacists in managed care settings. 


Katie Lockhart, MA 
Manager, Forecasting and Pharmacoeconomics  
Magellan Rx Management 
Scottsdale, Arizona 

Brian K. MacDonald, PharmD 
Director, Specialty Clinical Strategy 
Magellan Rx Management 
Middletown, Rhode Island 


Brittany V. Henry, PharmD, MBA
Assistant Director, Educational Programs
Alexandria, Virginia


The Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

ACPE UAN:0233-0000-22-027-H01-P  • Activity Type: Knowledge-Based
Contact Hours: 1
Release Date: May 10, 2022 •  Expiration Date: December 31, 2023
Activity Fee: Free for Members and $50 for Non-Members

Participants should claim continuing pharmacy education (CPE) credit for this home study activity only if they have not claimed credit for the live activity presented at eLearning Days 2022. CPE credit will be processed through the AMCP Learn portal and reported directly to CPE Monitor. Please allow 72 hours for processing and posting in your NABP account.

To receive credit for an online activity you must:

  • Review the full content of the activity.
  • Successfully complete the post-test (required to pass with a score of 70% or higher, it may be taken a maximum of three times).
  • Complete a specific activity evaluation.

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Credit Information

Activity Number Credit Amount Accreditation Period
ACPE UAN #0233-0000-22-027-H01-P 1 Contact Hour May 11, 2022 - December 31, 2023