TAHP Medical + Pharmacy Directors Forum – March 2023

These invitation-only events offer our health plan Medical and Pharmacy Directors the unique opportunity to interface with their peers and hear from state and national experts as they discuss common challenges and best practices.

Austin, TX 78701

Hampton Inn, San Jacinto Room, 200 San Jacinto Blvd

Mar 28, 2023

9:00 am - 4:00 pm


9:00 AM

Sarepta Gene Transfer Therapy for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

This presentation will provide an introduction and clinical data review of  the novel and innovative Sarepta Gene Transfer therapy for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (Delandistrogene moxeparvovec/SRP-9001).

Speaker: Kathrin Kucharski, PharmD, Sarepta

9:50 AM

Telemedicine to Advance Population Health & Equity in Maternity Care

The U.S. has some of the highest rates of preterm birth, NICU admissions, and cesarean deliveries caused by gaps in our current prenatal and newborn care model. In Texas, cesarean delivery rates are higher than the national average, and fewer women receive first trimester care compared to other states. These outcomes indicate the opportunity for better population health management to improve maternal health, a key focus area for the Texas Department of State Health Services and organizations across the state. In this session, we’ll discuss clinical strategies using virtual care to build an effective, sustainable maternal-newborn population health program.

Speaker: Isabelle Von Kohorn, MD, PhD, Pomelo Care

10:40 AM

Trodelvy and Sunlenca Medical value Presentation

This presentation will provide background, guidelines, MOA, and Phase 3 Clinical Trial that led to the approval of the above products.

Speaker: Porscha Showers, PharmD RpH AAHIVE, Gilead Sciences 

11:30 AM

Lunch - Legislative Update

TAHP will provide lunch on-site and TAHP staff will give a brief update on the current legislative session.

12:05 PM

BioSpecialized™ Devoted to life-changing treatments

Biosimilars put biologic medicines within reach for more patients. With demonstrated biosimilarity to the reference products at lower costs to patients and providers, biosimilars play an important role in the future of health care by improving access to medications and encouraging investments in research and innovation.

Speakers: Nazanin Ashourian, PhD, Sr. Director, Medical Affairs and Brandee Pappalardo, PhD, MPH, Sr. VP, Chief Medical Officer, Fresenius Kabi USA


12:55 PM

HHSC Agency Update

Dr. Glenn will provide an update from HHSC Medicaid/CHIP Services Office of the Medical Director.

Speaker: Dr. Lisa B. Glenn, Senior Associate Medical Director, HHSC

1:30 PM

Solutions aimed at addressing gaps in care for underserved populations

Access to and care compliance are a growing concern. Preterm births, which continue to rise, is highlighted. This presentation will outline key efforts to improve access, care compliance, health literacy, and healthy behaviors for improved pregnancy outcomes.

Speakers:   Michael Lemnitzer, State Government Healthcare, Phillips

                      Raymon uit de Bulten, Pregnancy+ Health Insurance and Payers, Phillips

                     Steven Nelson, Personal Health business

2:20 PM

Child First and Nurse Family Partnership Models of Care: Improving Child and Maternal Health

Learn about a new model of care called Child First that is being implemented in many states and considered by the Texas Legislature this session. Child First is a national, evidence-based, two-generation model that works with very challenged young children and families, providing intensive, mental-health, home-visiting services. Nurse Family Partnership (NFP) staff will also provide an update on NFP – new opportunities, what is happening at the Legislature, and discuss APM ideas.

Speaker: Brittany Dawn McAllister, MPH, Senior Government Affairs Manager, The National Service Office for Nurse-Family Partnership and Child First


Kathrin Kucharski, PharmD

Sr. Director, Medical Managed Care, Sarepta

Isabelle Von Kohorn, MD, PhD

VP, Medical Affairs, Pomelo Care

Porscha Showers, PharmD RpH AAHIVE

Patient Access and Quality Principal Medical Scientist, Gilead Sciences

Nazanine Ashourian

Sr. Director, Medical Affairs, Fresenius Kabi

Brandee Pappalardo, PhD, MPH

Sr. Vice President, Chief Medical Officer, Fresenius Kabi

Lisa Glenn, MD

Senior Associate Medical Director for Medicaid-CHIP, HHSC

Michael Lemnitzer

State Government Healthcare, Phillips

Raymon uit de Bulten

Pregnancy + Health Insurance and Payers, Phillips

Steven Nelson

Personal Health Business, Phillips

Brittany Dawn McAllister, MPH

Senior Government Affairs Manager, The National Service Office for Nurse-Family Partnership and Child First

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