The Conference will include educational sessions on September 27 and Congressional visits on September 28. A reception will be held the evening of September 27.


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Plenary Sessions:

7:45 - 8:45 AM Breakfast
8:45 - 9:00 AM Welcome and Introduction
9:00 - 10:00 AM Update on Macro Health Care Policy
G. William Hoagland
Senior Vice President
Bipartisan Policy Center

10:00 - 11:00 AM Evaluating Reimbursement Models and the impact on Post-Acute Care Pharmacy
Larry Kocot
Principal and National Leader
Center for Healthcare Regulatory Insight at KPMG

11:00 - 11:15 AM Break
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM Panel Discussion with Congressional Staffers
12:15 - 12:45 PM Working Lunch: 2018 Mid-Term Elections and the Potential Impact on Health Care
James G. Flood
Chair, Government Affairs Group
Crowell & Moring LLP
  W. Scott Douglas
Senior Policy Director
Crowell & Moring LLP
1:45 - 2:00 PM Break

Breakout Sessions: Long-Term Care and Home Infusion/Specialty Pharmacy

2:00 - 3:30 PM An Open Forum with National Trade Associations: 2017 Objectives and What They are Doing for You

Home Infusion/Specialty Pharmacy
  • • NHIA – National Home Infusion Association
  • • NASP – National Association of Specialty Pharmacy
Long-Term Care Pharmacy
  • • SCPC – Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition
  • • ASCP – American Society of Consultant Pharmacists
  • • NCPA—National Community Pharmacists Association
3:30 - 4:30 PM Grass Roots Testimonials and Preparing to Maximize Your Congressional Visits
6:00 - 8:00 PM Reception and Networking Event
Thursday, September 28, 2017
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Capitol Hill Visits

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Senior Vice President, Bipartisan Policy Center

G. William Hoagland is a BPC senior vice president. In this capacity, he helps direct and manage fiscal, health, and economic policy analyses. The Bipartisan Policy Center is a Washington, D.C.-based think tank that actively promotes bipartisanship and works to address the key challenges facing the nation. The policy solutions of the BPC are the product of informed deliberations by former elected and appointed officials, business and labor leaders, and academics and advocates who represent both ends of the political spectrum. The organization is currently focused on health, energy, national security, the economy, financial regulatory reform, housing, immigration, infrastructure, and governance.

Before joining BPC in September 2012, Hoagland served as vice president of public policy for CIGNA Corporation, working with business leaders, trade associations, business coalitions, and interest groups to develop CIGNA policy on health care reform issues at both the federal and state levels.

Prior to joining CIGNA, Hoagland completed 33 years of federal government service, including 25 years on the U.S. Senate staff. From 2003 to 2007, he served as the director of budget and appropriations in the office of Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist. He assisted in evaluating the fiscal impact of major legislation and helped to coordinate budget policy for the Senate leadership.

From 1982 to 2003, Hoagland served as a staff member and director of the Senate Budget Committee, reporting to U.S. Sen. Pete V. Domenici, chairman and ranking member of the committee during this period. He participated in major federal budget negotiations, including the 1985 Gramm-Rudman-Hollings Budget Deficit Reduction Act, the 1990 Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act, and the historic 1997 Balanced Budget Agreement.

In 1981, he served as the administrator of the Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service and as a special assistant to the Secretary of Agriculture. He was one of the first employees of the Congressional Budget Office in 1975, working with its first director, Alice Rivlin.

In both 1997 and 2005, National Journal listed him as one of the “Washington 100 Decision Makers” and referred to him as a “bottom-liner who is not a hard-liner.” Roll Call consistently named Hoagland as one of the top 50 Hill staffers. In 2002, he received the James L. Blum Award for Distinguished Service in Budgeting. The National Association of State Budget Officers honored him in 2004 with its Leadership in Budgeting Award, and in 2006 he was inducted as a fellow in the National Academy of Public Administration.

Hoagland is an affiliate professor of public policy at the George Mason University and a board member of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, the National Academy of Social Insurance, and the National Advisory Committee to the Workplace Flexibility 2010 Commission. In 2009, he was appointed to the Peterson-Pew Commission on Budget Reform examining the overall structure of the budget, authorization, and appropriations process, and was a member of BPC’s Debt Reduction Task Force that published Restoring America’s Future in November 2010. He coordinated BPC’s 2013 report, A Bipartisan Rx for Patient-Centered Care and System-Wide Cost Containment. In April 2015, he co-chaired the National Academy of Social Insurance report, “Addressing Pricing Power in Health Care Markets.”

Hoagland attended the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and holds degrees from Purdue University and The Pennsylvania State University. His family’s Indiana family farm was recognized as a “Hoosier Homestead” for having remained in the family for over a century.

Larry Kocot

Principal and National Leader of The Center for Healthcare Regulatory Insight KPMG in the U.S.

Larry Kocot is a Principal at KPMG, LLP and National Leader of KPMG’s Center for Healthcare Regulatory Insight. The Center follows health care regulatory and policy trends driving health care transformation and industry convergence and the broader implications of operating in a more collaborative and integrated U.S. healthcare payment and delivery environment.

Mr. Kocot provides advice and counsel to companies on corporate strategy and regulatory matters relating to public health care programs, including Medicare and Medicaid. Mr. Kocot has served as counsel to a wide range of corporations and associations on a variety of different matters, including internal investigations and audits, as well as disputes with federal and state agencies. Additionally, Mr. Kocot has counseled organizations on the development and formation of accountable care organizations and other alternative payment arrangements.

Mr. Kocot is a former Senior Advisor to the Administrator of the Centers for and Medicaid Services (CMS) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In this capacity, he was involved in a wide range of health care policy issues and operations related to Medicare and Medicaid. Notably, Mr. Kocot was a key member of the management and operations team responsible for pharmaceutical, pharmacy, and pharmacy benefit management (PBM) issues, including the launch and operation of the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit (Part D). More specifically, he led the development of policy and regulation under the Part D program; guided CMS efforts to design and develop new systems functionality for providing beneficiary information to providers in real time at the point of sale; designed and launched CMS initiatives on pharmacy quality and pharmacy quality alliances; and supervised pharmaceutical delivery and data management during and after natural disasters.

Prior to joining KPMG, Mr. Kocot practiced law at Epstein Becker Green, PC, and Dentons, US LLP. From 2007-2015, Kocot was a visiting fellow in the Economic Studies Program at the Brookings Institution; he was also Deputy Director of the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at Brookings from 2007-2013. Mr. Kocot was a fellow in International Security Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), and an adjunct fellow at CSIS for several years thereafter. Before his government service, Mr. Kocot was Senior Vice President and General Counsel at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, where he was responsible for all legal matters and represented the industry before Congress, state legislatures, and state and federal regulatory agencies.

James G. Flood

Partner, Crowell & Moring

James Flood is a partner in Crowell & Moring's Washington, D.C. office and assists health care, energy, and financial services clients with legal, legislative, and regulatory issues. He is also chair of the firm's Government Affairs Group.

A former federal prosecutor and counsel to Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), James has more than 20 years of experience assisting clients facing issues before the White House, Congress, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and other federal agencies. He also works with the firm's Healthcare Group and healthcare fraud practice team to counsel clients on issues related to Medicare, Medicaid, Part D, long-term care, health care fraud, the False Claims Act (FCA), and the anti-kickback statute.

In the area of antitrust, he has advised and guided companies through public policy issues affecting mergers in the healthcare and technology sectors. In the energy sector, James has experience navigating renewable energy regulatory and policy matters, and he served as the General Counsel for the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).

Prior to joining Crowell & Moring, James led all federal and state government relations for a Fortune 400 health care company with $6 billion annual revenue. James led the Government Affairs Department and oversaw the company's advocacy before Congress, HHS, CMS, DEA, key trade groups, and engaged with the White House on regulatory issues. Previously, he assisted clients at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP, where he provided strategic government relations advice and counsel to Fortune 500 companies in the health care, financial services, and energy sectors. Prior to that, he served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney at DOJ, where he led federal and local criminal investigations of U.S. corporations and individuals, prosecuted federal white collar grand jury criminal investigations into health care fraud, securities fraud, mortgage fraud, and government contracts fraud. He tried approximately 80 federal or local jury or bench trials during his time at DOJ, and also led a two-year nationwide FCA investigation into the sale of defective bulletproof vests to federal law enforcement agencies. James earned his B.S. from Cornell University and his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center.

W. Scott Douglas

Senior Policy Director

Scott Douglas is a senior policy director in Crowell & Moring's Government Affairs and Health Care groups. His practice focuses on assisting clients with legislative and regulatory issues. Scott uses his significant health care public policy experience to assist health care companies, managed care, long-term care, long-term care pharmacy facilities, trade associations, and others with legislation before the U.S. Congress.

Scott has experience working in highly diverse settings, including Fortune 500 companies and a contract lobbying firm. He ran multi-state lobbying operations, working directly with decision makers and overseeing external lobbyists. Scott directed the state government affairs program for the 47-state operation of a Fortune 400 health care company, monitored developing legislation, and developed and executed lobbying strategies. He was also a principal lobbyist at Capital Link Consultants, a leading Kentucky lobbying firm, and successfully represented clients from the health care, consumer finance, education, manufacturing, retail, insurance, and information technology sectors.

In addition to his government affairs background, Scott worked as the finance director for United States Senator Mitch McConnell, the current Senate Majority Leader. He also served as the Kentucky campaign manager for Bush-Cheney 2000 and as the political director for United States Senator Jim Bunning's 1998 campaign. Drawing from his experience in political campaigns, Scott also advises clients on effectively using grassroots, public relations, and crisis communications as an important component of broad-based government relations strategies.

Scott earned his B.A. from Eastern Kentucky University.

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The Conference will include educational sessions on September 27 and Congressional visits on September 28. A reception will be held the evening of September 27. More information to come.


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