PUTT Summit 2019 Recap: Pharmacists, Physicians & Patient Advocates Gather with State Legislators to Engage in Unfiltered Conversation to Rein in PBMs
Last month independent pharmacy owners, physicians, attorneys, activists and patient advocates from across the country gathered with state legislators at the second annual PUTT Summit for a day and a half of candid discussion on the topic of reining in PBM abuse.
Hosted this year in Austin, Texas, at the historic Driskill Hotel, participants organized in think-tank fashion to honestly assess and collaborate on forward-thinking ideas and strategies to implement in their home states.
“This year's presenters really brought the information home in an insightful and engaging manner,” said PUTT President Scott Newman. “Dr. Stephen Schondelmeyer, Dr. Joel Strom, and keynote Greg Reybold challenged us to think about the issues in new, broader ways that I’m certain will empower our collective efforts to stop PBM abuse in our home states.”
This year’s Summit included a review of Georgia’s new anti-patient steering law and a presentation by Dr. Stephen Schondelmeyer on “Key Factors Affecting Pharmacy’s Future.” The highlight of the Summit, the State Legislators Panel, featured Arkansas Rep. Jason Rapert; New York Sen. James Skoufis; Georgia Rep. David Knight; Louisiana Rep. Bernard LeBas; and Arkansas Sen. Kim Hammer.
Following the Legislative Panel, participants engaged in workshops focused on bills from New York, Louisiana, Tennessee, Oregon, Georgia and other states that had passed progressive anti-PBM abuse laws, analyzing bill language for use in their own states’ future legislation. Legislators, including former Florida Lt. Governor Jeff Kottkamp, participated in the process, lending insight on the legislative process.
Following Friday’s work session attendees were treated to a cocktail reception hosted by American Pharmacies at the exclusive Austin Club, once the city’s gala opera house, and then gathered in groups for dinner and a fun night in the heart of Austin’s downtown music district.
From the workshops to the after hours cocktails, this year's Summit was a successful combination of information and expertise sharing, networking, and innovative planning. Watch out, PBMs! We're locked, loaded, and ready for battle!