Acentrus Specialty Announces Sponsorship of ASHP’s Specialty Pharmacy Future Directions Summit

Irving, TX – December 8, 2020Acentrus Specialty , a national network administrator of health systems and hospitals committed to providing specialty pharmacy care for their patients, announces its sponsorship of the upcoming ASHP (American Society of Health-System Pharmacists) Specialty Pharmacy State of Practice in Hospitals and Health Systems - Future Directions Summit on Feb. 1-4, 2021. The interprofessional summit will bring together hospital and health-system pharmacy leaders, physicians, nurses, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and payers to discuss how to advance health-system specialty pharmacy practice to further optimize patient health outcomes.

The number of health systems offering in-house specialty pharmacy services has grown significantly in recent years, creating a need to establish standards of practice, define benchmarks for clinical and operational performance, and focus on economic and regulatory factors impacting the affordability and accessibility of specialty medications. ASHP’s summit will address these key areas in specialty pharmacy medication by bringing together stakeholders to:

  • •Identify the critical elements for successful patient access to medications, affordability, and outcomes of care.
  • •Develop recommendations for meeting the requirements of all stakeholders involved in the diagnosis, care planning, medication management, payment, and reimbursement of specialty pharmacy designated medications.
  • •Develop recommendations on how to optimize all aspects of the patient journey and quality of life.
  • •Discuss a shared vision for value-based care that supports a sustainable U.S. healthcare model(s).

“ASHP understands the tremendous value health-system specialty pharmacy services can deliver in optimizing patient outcomes,” said David Chen, B.S. Pharm, M.B.A., assistant vice president for pharmacy leadership and planning at ASHP. “That’s why ASHP is proud to convene this critical interprofessional summit to advance comprehensive specialty medication management approaches, and are grateful for Acentrus Specialty’s support.”

“Acentrus has the largest health system solution for specialty pharmacy in the nation,” said George Zula, vice president, Acentrus Specialty. “We are proud to support the ASHP Specialty Pharmacy Future Directions Summit and help lead solutions that will provide advancements in specialty pharmacy and bring life-saving medications to patients through the drug distribution networks in our channel. We look forward to the takeaways, and ASHP’s participation in our own conference with Acentrus clients, the Acentrus Specialty Conference 2021, January 12-13, that will bring together health systems and key stakeholders to improve patient care, analytics and outcomes. ”

About Acentrus Specialty
Acentrus Specialty is the Integrated Care Network and health system solution for specialty pharmacy, addressing the largest and fastest growing area of health care expenditures by empowering members to deliver exceptional, cost-effective, locally integrated care. This is accomplished through a portfolio of services and specialty pharmacy products, as well as member sharing of clinical and operational best practices. The network of health systems consists mainly of academic medical centers and integrated delivery networks, serving more than 5 million inpatient admissions annually, treated by nearly 200,000 physicians. Follow Acentrus on LinkedIn or on the web at

About ASHP
ASHP represents pharmacists who serve as patient care providers in acute and ambulatory settings. The organization’s more than 55,000 members include pharmacists, student pharmacists, and pharmacy technicians. For 78 years, ASHP has been at the forefront of efforts to improve medication use and enhance patient safety. For more information about the wide array of ASHP activities and the many ways in which pharmacists advance healthcare, visit ASHP’s website,, or its consumer website, To learn more about ASHP, visit

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