Schumarry H. Chao, MD, MBA, president of SHC & Associates, Inc. and John Hopkins, RPh, president and CEO, Rocky Mountain Health Plans, have both accepted appointments to the board of trustees of the Foundation for Managed Care Pharmacy for two year terms.
The Foundation for Managed Care Pharmacy is the sister organization of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) providing research and educational opportunities in the field of managed care pharmacy. Cynthia J. Pigg, RPh, MHA, executive director of the Foundation, said, “I am delighted to have such esteemed members of the health care community returning to the board. The experience of Chao and Hopkins, combined with the vast knowledge and diversity of the current trustees, will enable the Foundation to continue to deliver on its vision that we all live a better life because we receive and adhere to the medications that work best for us.”
Dr. Schumarry H. Chao is a physician with successful leadership, strategic and operational experience in the insurance, employer, pharmaceutical and health care information technology industries, and is regarded as an expert in the development of a number of strategic and marketing plans for major pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies. She also serves on the editorial board of the American Journal of Medical Quality, the board of China Center for Health Economics, as co-chair of the steering committee for the Benefit Design Institute and the board of trustees, University of Sciences, Philadelphia.
Dr. Chao has served as chief medical officer and senior vice president, Strategic Development for a pharmacy benefits manager and as vice president and corporate medical director for a large national managed care organization. On the employer/payer side, Dr. Chao developed and implemented innovative health benefit strategies and developed and implemented a direct contract managed care plan. As a consultant, she has led a number of consulting projects in the health care industry as well as a number of pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.
Dr. Chao received her BS and MBA from the University of Southern California and her MD from the University of California Medical School, San Francisco. She is board certified in Emergency Medicine. Her academic appointments include clinical professor of Emergency Medicine and Family Medicine as well as adjunct professor of Pharmacoeconomics at the University of Southern California.
John Hopkins has held a variety of leadership positions for both the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy and the former American Association of Health Plans, now known as America’s Health Insurance Plans. He is president elect and past president of the Colorado Association of Health Plans and a governor’s appointee to the board of CoverColorado (formerly Colorado Uninsurable Health Insurance Program). Additional current involvement includes the boards of the Grand Junction Economic Partnership, Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce and the Alliance for Advancing Nonprofit Healthcare.
Hopkins has bachelor of science degrees in Pharmacy and Psychology, both from the University of Wyoming, and was a clinical pharmacy resident at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Palo Alto, CA.
Dianne A. Kane Parker, PharmD, Health Outcomes & Pharmacoeconomics Regional Medical Liaison at Amgen, Inc., is president of the FMCP board of Trustees. Cathy A. Carroll, PhD, director of Patient Care Services Research at Children’s Mercy Hospitals & Clinics, serves as treasurer. Other board members include Steven W. Gray, PharmD, JD, Pharmacy Professional Affairs Leader at Kaiser Permanente,; Jon Clouse, MS, director, Pharmacoeconomic Evaluations of UnitedHealth Pharmaceutical Solutions; Roger L. Hyde, vice president, Managed Markets, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals; Hugh O’Neill, MBA, vice president of Integrated Healthcare Markets at sanofi-aventis; Richard Patrylak, MBA, senior vice president, USHH Customer Sales, Marketing & Policy of Merck & Co.; and Richard A. Zabinski, PharmD, vice president, Pharmaceutical Solutions, Health Solutions Group, United HealthCare Corporation. Judith A. Cahill, executive director of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy, serves as secretary.
The Foundation for Managed Care Pharmacy (www.fmcpnet.org) is a non-profit charitable trust recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as the educational and philanthropic arm of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP). The Foundation supports the goals of and mission of AMCP and exists to advance the knowledge and insights of interested individuals and groups on major issues associated with the practice of pharmacy in a managed health care setting.
The Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy’s mission is to empower its members to serve society by using sound medication management principles and strategies to achieve positive patient outcomes. AMCP has more than 4,800 members nationally who provide comprehensive coverage and services to the more than 200 million Americans served by managed care. More news and information about AMCP can be obtained on its website, at www.amcp.org.