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New to Connex, the BBC and the BPHA in Fall 2019

New to Connex, the BBC and the BPHA in Fall 2019

On August 16, 2019, Posted by , In Blog, With No Comments

Every summer we spend some time updating the Connex website as we plan for our upcoming season of events. Some people might think we’re spending all our time on the lake, but that’s not true. Website updates and testing, finalizing sponsorships, event promotion planning, advisory board conference calls and reaching out to speakers for our upcoming season is all happening over the summer.


You will see updates to our website, plus registration links for at least the first couple of BBC sessions. Other highlights include:


  • Completing the move of the Benefits & Private Healthcare Associate (BPHA) program to a fully online work-at-your-own-pace model – 3.5 CE credits per session, 35 CE credits and your BPHA designation on completion of all 10 sessions.
  • Launching the twice annual in-person BPHA at Lunch sessions for extra CE credits in a new format and with new content – save the dates for November 5, 2019 and April 21, 2020.
  • The launch of our new blog and new features for the CCBN Member Zone

So stay tuned to our blog, sign up for BBC and BPHA sessions and join the CCBN before November 1st to continue to receive our regular blog and save on registrations for all our events. And don’t forget to save the date for our October 3rd Ontario BBC session in Oakville, Ontario.


In the Media:


  • PMPRB Drug Pricing Reform – this CBC article provides a brief overview of PMPRB reforms announced last Friday, August 9th, 2019, with plan for implementation June 2020. The piece includes commentary on the new evaluation criteria which will include price, value and financial impact for new prescription drugs. Also briefly explored is the potential for across-the-board savings on new drugs and for drug shortages after PMPRB reform.
  • Immunotherapies – an interview on CBC’s Sunday Edition with Stéphanie Michaud, President and CEO of BioCanRx who explains how immunotherapies work, the impact on patient outcomes and the challenges of public-private reimbursement.
  • Cost of Harm – CBC’s White Coat Black Arts with Dr. Brian Goldman has been a favourite of mine for several years. This most recent episode addresses results from a Canadian Medical Association Journal article on the system costs of harm to hospitalized patients relating to improper treatment including misdiagnosis and drugs prescribed in hospital as well as hospital acquired infections – an estimated cost of $1 billion in Ontario alone. These failings of our system can have a significant and direct impact on workplace costs for absenteeism and disability. Not something we talk much about in the benefits world but a legitimate cost concern.

We’ll be back to you with more next week. Your questions or comments are welcome. Contact me at or call 905 220 4260. Have a great week!

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