Presented with generous support from Abbvie, BMS, Celgene and Regeneron

Embassy Suites Downtown-Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA
Thursday, May 17, 2018
9:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Event Overview: Our industry is moving aggressively from fee-for-service to risk-based payment models. Inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are particularly in focus, as they are among the top three most costly conditions for specialty drugs. Specialty drug spend is expected to more than quadruple by 2020, presenting tremendous cost challenges for employers, payers, providers and patients. As value-based reimbursement is implemented to address this, we must adapt quickly to the future of tying cost to quality for improvement and accountability.

You are invited to join us, as we discuss current challenges and opportunities, as well as what we must do to prepare for and help shape these new payment models.

This WRA Payer Forum Event represents the capstone to our Washington Learning Collaborative Initiative. Join rheumatologists and their administrators, as well as primary care and insurance representatives, for what will be very productive and informative day in Seattle. Rheumatology is paving the way in managing the right care for the right patient, with the right treatment, at the right time. It’s time to demonstrate value together!

We encourage rheumatologists and their practice employees along with insurance company representatives, pharmaceutical companies and health system administrators to attend this exciting event which represents the capstone to our 2017-18 Learning Collaborative. The Learning Collaborative participating practices will be honored for their work and will have the opportunity to report on the impact of the Collaborative. The luncheon program will engage a variety of stakeholders in conversation around implications and applications of the Collaborative results.

This event includes break refreshments and a delicious luncheon.

To help us plan, please pre-register by May 13, 2018.

Cost to attend:

  • WRA member physicians and their practice employees: free of charge
  • WRA members-in-training: free of charge
  • Primary care providers and their practice employees: $25 per person
  • Industry representatives may be included as part of an exhibitor package or they may register individually at $100 per person.

If you are not sure about your registration category, please contact our office and we’ll be happy to help.

For more information or for questions, please contact Debra Alderman, WRA Executive Director at 206-956-3650 or email:

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Industry participation:

There will be space in the exhibit hall for companies to create displays and to engage in conversation with physicians and practice managers.

In addition, industry reps will have the opportunity to attend the luncheon and use this as an opportunity to show your support of the important work WRA is doing and for the physicians and practice employees who have participated in the Learning Collaborative program during 2017-18.  The number of tickets your company receives will depend on your exhibitor level.  Additional tickets will be available for purchase.

Click here for the industry supporter prospectus

Click here for the exhibitor-sponsor registration form

Thank you to Abbvie for its Premier Sponsorship for this event!
Additional corporate sponsors for the event include: Celgene and Sanofi Genzyme Regeneron.

Additional Learning Collaborative industry sponsors will also be honored at this event including:
Platinum sponsor:  BMS
Bronze sponsors:  UCB and Celgene
Copper sponsor: Myriad/Crescendo Bioscience