Our Faculty Advisors and Diplomats
Dr. Vinson Lee
PARX Consulting, Principal
Immediate Past President, California Pharmacists Association (CPhA)
USC Board of Governors
Amgen: Director of Access and Reimbursement
USC School of Pharmacy, Faculty Member
Dr. Edward Lieskovan
PRL Pharma, President and CEO
USC School of Pharmacy, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy
Dr. Michael Pazirandeh
Bristol-Myers Squibb, Associate Director, Health Economics and Outcomes Research
AMCP West Diplomat Regional Director
Senior Clinical Pharmacist, Blue Shield of California, Outcomes & Analytics
CVS Caremark Resident, Analytics and Outcomes
Dr. Kevin Wu
Blue Shield of California, Principal Pharmacist, Cost of Healthcare
Blue Shield of California, Pharmacy Resident
Managed Care is defined as an organized health care delivery system designed to improve both the quality and accessibility of pharmaceutical care while containing costs. (Better care, better health, and lower costs).
Managed care employs several techniques to achieve this, influencing medication use at the prescriber, pharmacy, and patient level. Health plans, pharmacy benefit managers, and integrated healthcare systems like Kaiser Permanente are traditional managed care organizations that drive policy and change from the top down, but managed care techniques are in every aspect of pharmacy.
Pharmacists in traditional managed care roles can develop clinical programs in a health plan or hospital, work in drug utilization management, manage clients and negotiate and contract with pharma and pharmacies, work in analytics and outcomes research, manage formularies and specialty pharmacy, and much more!
The role of professionals in Managed Care
Pharmacists, physicians, and nurses alike are integral parts of Managed Care Pharmacy and work to perform a number of tasks, including:
Monitor the safety and effectiveness of new drugs on the market
Alert patients to potentially dangerous drug interactions
Use medication therapy management practices to ensure patients receive the most appropriate therapies
Develop and implement programs to improve medication adherence
Ensure “medical-necessity” guidelines for the pharmacy benefits are consistent with evidence-based medicine and that exceptions are based on sound medical judgment
Provide ongoing patient education and care coordination of medication therapy
Use various evidence-based tools and incentives to keep the costs of prescription drugs under control.
All of these practices, and more, aim to ensure that all patients have access to the pharmaceuticals they need and that the medications they take are improving their lives. AMCP knows that our members have many stories illustrating the positive impact of managed care pharmacy on both communities and individuals.
Our Mission Statement
AMCP’s mission is to empower its members to serve society by using sound medication management principles and strategies to improve health care for all.
Managed care pharmacy principles are based upon the use of scientific evidence to achieve healthy outcomes while making the best use of money spent on medications and their management.
Our vision is managed care pharmacy improving health care for all. AMCP aims to anticipate and serve the needs of our members in the provision of high-quality health care by embracing the following four core values: