Upcoming and Past Events

The Pharmacy Drug Cost Puzzle

Finding and Fitting the Missing Pieces Together

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Employers know the pharmaceutical spend has become a significantly larger portion—from 17% to 21%—of their total healthcare spend in recent years. At least one-third of employers cite prescription drug costs as a top concern, and the National Business Group on Health says the projected increases are “unsustainable.”  Take a journey with us as we learn about overall trends from national, state, and local presenters. We will also hear from our local health plans about what they are doing to decrease pharmacy costs. Be a part of the solution as we learn about strategies to take control and manage—if not decrease—the pharmacy spend through this New Mexico summit.

Date:  Tuesday, May 2, 2017


8:30 –8:40 a.m.      
Welcome and Introductions

  • Pat Montoya, MPA, BSN, Executive Director, New Mexico Coalition for Healthcare Value
  • Mark Saiz, CGBA, HR Benefits Director, City of Albuquerque & Chair of New Mexico Coalition for Healthcare Value

8:40 –10:10 a.m.     
National Pharmacy Costs and Trends (Keynoters)

  • Sumit Dutta MD, SVP & Chief Medical Officer, OptumRx
  • David Uldricks, JD, LLM, Vice President, PBM Contracting and Strategy, Employers Health

10:10 – 10:30 a.m

10:30 –11:40 a.m. 
Overview on Pharmacy Costs from a New Mexico Perspective

  • Jenny Felmley, PhD, Program Evaluator,  New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee
  • Nancy Smith-Leslie, Director, Medical Assistance Division, New Mexico Human Services Department
  • Gary Petersen, FCA, ASA, MAAA, Vice President & Consulting Actuary, Segal
  • Kipp Snider, JD, Vice President, State Advocacy, PhRMA

11:40 –12:20 p.m.  
What is a PBM?

  • Vyas  Kautook, PharmD, RPh, Senior Pharmacy Consultant, National   Pharmacy Benefits Practice, Segal

What is the role of the Retail Pharmacist in the Community?

  • Pat Harvey, RPh, Senior Strategic Account Manager, Walgreens

12:20 –12:40 p.m.    
Lunch Break (pick up box lunches)

12:40 –1:40 p.m.     
Pharmacist Panel: Health Insurers (What are local health plans doing to contain pharmacy costs?)

  • Louanne Cunico, PharmD, RPh, Vice President of Pharmacy, Presbyterian Health Plan
  • Frank Koronkiewicz, RPh, MHA, Director of Pharmacy, Molina Healthcare New Mexico
  • Shawn Quinn, PharmD, RPh, Director of Pharmacy, Blue Cross Blue Shield New Mexico
  • Frieda Siminski, PharmD, RPh, Director of Pharmacy, New Mexico Health Connections

1:40 –2:20 p.m.       
Strategies for drug management cost: Prior Authorization

  • Mike McGinnity, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Health Information Designs, LLC

Group Purchasing

  • Sam Shalala , MBA, Director of Business Development, Employers Health

2:20-2:30 p.m.       
Wrap up and next steps

  • Pat Montoya, MPA, BSN, Executive Director, New Mexico Coalition for Healthcare Value

Note: Application is being made to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) to provide credit to participants who would like or need these for their certification.


Employers Role in Carrying Diabetes Management to New Heights

November 18, 2016
7:30 A.M. -12:30 P.M.

Awareness. Access. Accountability

Employers as purchasers play a significant role in the world of diabetes!

The challenges that we are facing with diabetes are much bigger than any one of us and our organizations,” said Pat Montoya, executive director of the New Mexico Coalition for Healthcare Value, as she kicked off the group’s fall education summit, “Employers Role in Carrying Diabetes Prevention and Management to New Heights,” in Albuquerque Nov. 18.

The NMCHCV brought together by medical directors from four healthcare plans and a host of other speakers to talk about diabetes.  The agenda and a list of the speakers follows.

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CMS Innovation - Keep Moving Forward!

Better, Smarter, Healthier

Keep moving forward!

Knee and joint replacements in the 21st Century

CMS Innovation – Comprehensive Care In Joint Replacement Initiative

Where and How Will This Model Cross Over and Improve Care and Reduce the Costs for Knee and Hip Replacements?

The New Mexico Coalition for Healthcare Value is bringing together the three hospital systems (Lovelace, Presbyterian and the University of New Mexico) for an educational seminar on the CMS-Comprehensive Joint Replacement Initiative they are a part of effective April 1st.   

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Navigating the Next Stage


A special breakfast and education seminar to learn more about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its impact on employee benefits and your business.  

This event will focus on Employer Reporting Requirements, Cadillac (Excise) Tax and promote discussion on Evolving Plan Design and Financing Considerations.  General discussion on other changes coming from DC that will impact your business and your employees.

Find out about the new organization established in New Mexico focused on healthcare value – the New Mexico Coalition for Healthcare Value.  Become a part of the solution!!

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Depression in the Workplace

Plan now to attend the New Mexico Coalition for Healthcare Value seminar:  


"Depression in the Workplace"

If you are an employer, human resource director or manager and have an interest in workplace health, this seminar is for you.  You'll learn how to spot depression, identify barriers to help, find resources and new ways to provide support for employees in need.

Hear how depression affects an organization's bottom line, learn about the Right Direction free educational initiative, and see how other companies are addressing workplace depression.

Marcas Miles, M.A., Employer Health senior director of Communications, and Clare Miller, director of the Partnership for Workplace Mental Health, American Psychiatric Association Foundation are the speakers for this seminar. 

Register now!