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June Education Program

  • June 04, 2015
  • 7:15 AM - 10:00 AM
  • Il Fornaio Cucina Italiana


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2 CEs have been approved by the WAOIC.

Enlightened Aging

Old Age as a Reward - Not a Punishment - for a Life Well-Lived

Presenter Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH; Vice President for Research, Group Health; Executive Director, Group Health Research Institute

In this presentation, Dr. Larson will describe the concept of "enlightened aging" - a hope-filled approach to growing old that combines scientific knowledge of healthy aging with the foresight to use it.  Based on more then 30 years of experience as a leading scientific researcher in the fields of geriatrics and healthy again, Dr. Larson's insights are aimed at empowering people of all ages to 1)prepare well for later years; and 2) live well with changes that are a natural part of the aging process.

During the presentation we will cover the research in aging; Adult Changes in Thought (ACT);  Why the research on again matters; How ACT participants are selected; How the data is being used in genetic research and brain science both nationally and internationally.

Dr. Larson’s research has changed how people think about healthy aging. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine and a national leader in geriatrics research. A general internist, Dr. Larson has pursued an array of research, ranging from clinical interests such as Alzheimer’s disease and genomics to health services research involving technology assessment, cost-effectiveness analysis, and quality improvement. His research on aging includes a longstanding collaboration between Group Health and the University of Washington (UW) called the Adult Changes in Thought (ACT) study. ACT’s many groundbreaking results include news linking exercise to later onset of dementia. Several of Dr. Larson’s research projects are related to promoting successful aging and high functioning in seniors. With colleagues at the UW, he is executive co-producer of the Art of Aging, a news-magazine series on public television and the Web.

Dr. Larson strives to keep GHRI on the cutting edge of health research. He has provided leadership on several new initiatives, including serving as principal investigator of a National Institutes of Health Roadmap project to expand the capacity of the HMO Research Network, launching GHRI research programs in health informatics and obesity, and evaluating the Medical Home model at Group Health. In 2008, Dr. Larson facilitated Group Health’s inclusion in the UW’s new Northwest Institute for Genetic Medicine, a collaboration among local research institutions to support the translation of genetic research into clinical care. He has also invited many additional UW researchers to serve as GHRI affiliate investigators, established a formal affiliation agreement with the UW School of Public Health, and strengthened the Institute’s relationship with its partners in the Group Health care-delivery system.

Specialty Drugs

Specialty drugs are providing important cures and treatments while encompassing over a quarter of all drug spend. Costs are expected to grow as innovations continue to focus on arena. Monthly drug spend for these specialty therapies range from $1,500-$50,000 per patient and are receiving major attention payers and providers. This presentation will provide insights on where the industry has been and the potential growth expected for the future of specialty pharmacy. We will review standard specialty pharmacy practices for both services provided and plan management, as well as use to ensure appropriateness of care and mitigate waste.

Presenter Grant Knowles, PharmD, CSP, is the VP of Operations for Ardon Health.

Grant oversees all aspects of pharmacy operations, including growth, development and direction of clinical programs, supervisory for all pharmacy staff, and accreditations and inspections. 

Grant joined the Ardon Health team in 2013 to manage the many growing opportunities within the specialty pharmacy arena. He currently serves on the Ardon Board of Directors, is the is Chair of Professional Practice for the National Association of Specialty Pharmacy, is an Eagle Scout, and a four-year Drake University Football Letterman.


Online registration deadline is June 2.
Register by phone until noon on June 3 at 206-623-8632.
No refunds after June 2.
Members must log in to get the member rate.

Il Fornaio Cucina Italiana
Pacific Place, on level 1
600 Pine Street, Seattle 98101

7:15-8:00 am  Registration, Breakfast, WAOIC sign in
8:00-8:50 am  Program
8:50-9:00 am  Break
9:00-9:50 am  Program
9:50-10:00 am  Q&A, WAOIC sign out

$60 members; $85 non-members and guests by registration deadline.
$75 members; $100 non-members and guests after deadline or at door.

Your WAOIC number is required on the sign in / sign out form in order to qualify for CE credits.




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