National Pharmaceutical Council Executive to Give Hartman Lecture – The Oxford Eagle

John M. O’Brien, President and CEO of the National Pharmaceutical Councilwill present the annual Charles W. Hartman Memorial Lecture on Friday, March 11 at the University of Mississippi.

Organized by the School of Pharmacy, the conference will begin at noon at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts. O’Brien’s presentation on “Navigating the Healthcare Ecosystem to Improve Patient Outcomes” is free and open to the public. It is also available to watch via Zoom and the School of Pharmacy Facebook page.

The conference will highlight the importance for pharmacists to understand the healthcare ecosystem to deliver patient care, design care delivery models and shape the healthcare policy landscape. O’Brien will share lessons learned from using his pharmacy degree in leadership positions in the pharmaceutical and managed care industries, government, and academia.

“Good health policy starts with good research, and good research is a tradition at Ole Miss and NPC,” O’Brien said. “Research demonstrates the value of medicines and the importance of protecting patients’ access to the treatments they need, when they need them.

“Good health policy requires understanding how one small change can have a ripple effect on our health care system, both for good and bad.”

The NPC oversees research into the appropriate use of pharmaceuticals as well as the clinical and economic value of pharmaceutical innovation. This research serves as the scientific foundation for discussions about health care access, coverage, appropriate use, and value.

As President and CEO, O’Brien is responsible for the policy research direction and communications capacity of the Commission, partnerships with other health care organizations and the vision strategic.

“We are delighted to welcome Dr. O’Brien as the featured speaker for the Hartman Lecture,” said Donna Strum, Dean of the School of Pharmacy. “His broad understanding and expertise of the healthcare environment will be an asset to our student pharmacists as they shape their future careers and the future of patient care.”

O’Brien earned his doctorate in pharmacy from Nova Southeastern University, his master’s in public health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and studied pharmacy and public policy at the University of Florida.

His postgraduate experience includes the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Association Management and Leadership Fellowship and the United States Health Insurance Plans Certified Executive Fellowship.

Prior to joining the NPC, he served as Senior Advisor to US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (Health Policy). He has held leadership positions in the life sciences and managed care industries, including at CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, was a career civil servant at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services during the administration of President Barack Obama, and was a researcher in health policy in the United States Senate. .

“A pharmacy degree offers many opportunities to improve patient health outcomes, either one patient at a time or millions at a time,” O’Brien said. “For me, the path was through healthcare policy, but first I had to learn the many interconnected parts of the healthcare ecosystem.
“I encourage pharmacy students to ask questions and learn as much as possible about the healthcare system and supply chain and to find mentors who share this passion. Pharmacists are such a vital part of our healthcare system, and we need them everywhere to improve patient outcomes.

The Hartman Lecture was established at the school in 1973 to honor the late Charles W. Hartman, who served as Dean from 1961 until his death in 1970. Past lecturers include the President and CEO of the American Board of Medical Specialties, Lois Margaret Nora, former Mississippi Governor William F. Winter and two former US senators, Thad Cochran and Trent Lott.