Pharmacy director elected to Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy Board of Directors; Additional pharmacists hold leadership positions

March 15, 2017

The Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) has elected Paul Jeffrey, PharmD, a pharmacy director in UMass Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine division, to the Board of Directors. Three other medical school pharmacists were also chosen to hold AMCP leadership positions.

Jeffrey will be sworn in on March 28 at the AMCP Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy Annual Meeting 2017 in Denver, Colorado. During his two-year term, he will help establish external positions for managed care pharmacy and set internal policies for the benefit of AMCP membership.

In his current role, Jeffrey is responsible for the clinical, operational, and financial components of Massachusetts Medicaid program, MassHealth, for approximately 850,000 members. He also serves as clinical associate professor of family medicine and community health, educating undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students on the pharmaceutical marketplace and publicly funded pharmaceutical benefits.

Jeffrey has distinguished himself as a leader and innovator in opioid and pain management, nationally sought after for his insights on curbing opioid abuse. He was appointed to Gov. Charlie Baker’s Massachusetts Opioid Drug Formulary Commission, a panel tasked with assessing the safety of prescription pain medications and developing an opioid formulary to deter addiction, and served on Gov. Deval Patrick’s Opiate Emergency Task Force. He is also Massachusetts chair of the Eastern Medicaid Pharmacy Administrators Association and chair of AMCP’s Professional Practice Committee.

“With excellent mentoring, hard work, and a vision for the practice of pharmacy, I have been fortunate to be an active participant and leader in the development and implementation of many of the evolutionary changes in pharmacy and healthcare,” Jeffrey wrote in his nomination letter. “AMCP is in a solid position to advance the contributions of managed care pharmacy and I will represent the Academy membership with vigor.”

The additional pharmacists who will begin their tenure after the annual meeting include:

  • Kimberly Lenz, PharmD, a clinical pharmacy manager in the Office of Clinical Affairs will serve her second term on the AMCP Professional Practice Committee. The committee advises AMCP on practice issues, develops educational programming, convenes expert work groups, and issues policy statements. She will also continue to serve on the Addiction Treatment Advisory Group, which is providing addiction treatment best practices.
  • Bonnie C. Greenwood, PharmD, BCPS, director of clinical programs in Clinical Pharmacy Services, has been chosen to sit on AMCP’s Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy (JMCP) Editorial Advisory Board. The board advises and assists JMCP editors and staff in the solicitation and development of content.
  • Tasmina Hydery, PharmD, MBA, a clinical pharmacist in Clinical Pharmacy Services, will serve her third term on the AMCP School of Pharmacy Relations Committee. The committee helps promote managed care pharmacy principles and increase awareness of AMCP by collaborating with schools and colleges of pharmacy.

AMCP is a national professional association of pharmacists and health care practitioners who develop and provide clinical, educational and business management services to patients covered by a managed pharmacy benefit.

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