Maritz Expands Solutions for Med/Pharma Meetings

Maritz Travel continues to expand its offerings in the med/pharma meetings arena by launching Maritz Travel Healthcare Solutions this week. Earlier this year, Maritz added Pat Schaumann to its staff as senior director of health care compliance.

Schaumann’s impact in the hospitality industry is far-reaching. She has authored several health care compliance policy books, including Breaking the Code to Healthcare Compliance. She served on the Convention Industry Council Healthcare Certification Governance Committee, helping develop the rigid CMP-HC certification. As director of professional development for the Meeting Professionals International health care sector, she founded its Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate (HMCC) program, which helps med/pharma meetings planners understand basic compliance principles.

“I’ve trained more than a thousand medical meetings professionals through the HMCC program, and heard first-hand about the challenges these companies face,” Schaumann says. “Now, I’m proud to help bring the industry’s most comprehensive solution to market.”

Maritz’s new healthcare-oriented product is designed to introduce new technology and processes, which will help life science companies deliver better, more compliant med/pharma meetings and simplify reporting processes. In 2015, Maritz managed more than 2,000 domestic and global healthcare meetings, including product launches, advisory boards, investigator meetings and speaker trainings.

Maritz Travel Healthcare Solutions provides the following assistance for those managing med/pharma meetings:

Aggregate Spend Reporting: Maritz Travel partnered with Polaris, a leading compliance software company, to develop a user-friendly HCP reporting system for medical meetings management. The system consolidates all HCP expense and event data to provide a user-friendly compliance report for planners to upload into their company’s reporting system.

Compliance Expertise: Led by Schaumann, Maritz Travel has a team of more than 35 people who have earned the HMCC, providing expertise to deliver a compliant medical meeting. This compliance expertise complements Maritz Travel’s years of experience serving the healthcare market.

Comprehensive Processes: The Maritz Travel Healthcare Solutions event process starts by understanding a company’s business and regulatory requirements and includes multiple compliance checkpoints throughout the event lifecycle.

“We developed Maritz Travel Healthcare Solutions in direct response to the most pressing challenges facing medical meeting planners today,” says Steve O’Malley, president of Maritz Travel. “We’re committed to helping pharmaceutical and medical device companies navigate a complex regulatory climate to deliver better healthcare provider (HCP) experiences and drive results for their companies.”

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