At this year's Medicaid and GP Congress I had the unique priviledge of talking to one of the superstars in rebate operations, Patricia A. Tietbohl. As we all know, there are a lot of factors influencing the shift in Medicaid and government pricing programs, and the role of the GP professional is morphing along with everything else. Here is what Patricia had to say about where the industry is headed...
CBI: How do you see the role of the GP Professional evolving?
I see us being called on more frequently for expertise beyond that of our core competencies (GP, Analytics, Compliance, Rebate Operations). I find that we are engaged more frequently as strategic business partners by our Finance, Brand and Commercial business partners for our expertise is “interpreting” ACA’s rollout and its potential impacts to our business.
CBI: What should GP Professionals be doing now to help prepare for the AMP Final Rule?
I think it is important to engage now in robust scenario planning with IT, Compliance and other key stakeholders to ensure a plan of action is in place to ready systems and control processes for the new requirements once they are known. Since these changes could require resources and vetting across the organization in order to implement them, the more we socialize possible scenarios up front, the better the organization will be prepared to expedite implementation.
CBI: What are the key areas you are most interested in hearing about at this year’s Congress?
I am very interested in hearing about the trends that my colleagues are starting to see in their business. I think it will be critical for us to understand the data that we are seeing and what it is telling us about shifts in our business. I am also interested in the Compliance
conversations — advice from the experts on the things we should be doing now to ensure that we have robust, auditable processes in place to handle new AMP rule requirements, etc.
CBI: Just for fun…what was your favorite book you read recently?
Nightfall by Nelson DeMille.
CBI: Just for fun…where is the most interesting place you have visited and why?
Buenos Aires. I loved the spirit of the people, the energy of the city and the tango!
Patricia A. Tietbohl is the Director of Government Rebate Operations at Johnson & Johnson. Ms. Tietbohl has responsibility for J&J’s efficient and compliant participation in the Medicaid, Medicare Coverage Gap Discount Program and State Pharmaceutical Assistance Programs. She works closely with J&J’s pharmaceutical operating companies on strategic and operational issues pertinent to these programs and provides leadership regarding implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Prior roles at J&J include Director of the U.S. Regional Processing Center and Data Warehouse and Director of Managed Markets and Acute Care Contract Management. She is a member of the Global Credo Council and was named a 2012 T.W.I.N. Honoree. Ms. Tietbohl has held various leadership positions across the Health Care industry including Vice President of Finance for Molnlycke HealthCare, Inc., Assistant Operations Controller for West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. and Assistant Treasurer for Osteotech, Inc. She began her career in public accounting as a Senior Auditor for Laventhol & Horwath, LLC. Ms. Tietbohl is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Rider University, where she earned a B.S. in Accounting and Decision Science / Computers and an M.B.A. She is a member of the American Institute of CPA’s, the NJ State Society of CPA’s and the HealthCare Businesswomen’s Association.
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