For Immediate Release
Loren Kirk, PharmD
Pharmacy Quality Alliance
(703) 347-7963
PQA Appoints 2018-2019 Board and Executive Committee
Alexandria, VA (November 14, 2017) The Pharmacy Quality Alliance Board of Directors approved its 2018 Executive Committee and appointed several new members to its Board during its fourth quarter Board Meeting.

"As a multi-stakeholder organization, PQA is pleased to appoint recognized thought leaders with a deep understanding of the changing healthcare landscape, and new and evolving value-based models to its board. Our board is strengthened by the skills and expertise of these individuals and their commitment to our mission of optimizing health by advancing the quality of medication use", shared Laura Cranston, RPh, PQA CEO, when announcing these appointments.

Mary Ann Kliethermes, PharmD, Vice-chair of Ambulatory Care and Professor at the Chicago College of Pharmacy, Midwestern University will serve as PQA's Chair of the Board of Directors in 2018. She will succeed Peter Wickersham, MSE, President of Government Programs at Express Scripts, who has completed five years of dedicated service on the Board. Dr. Kliethermes brings extensive experience with PQA having served on PQA's Quality Metrics Expert Panel and other key PQA workgroups. PQA board appointments, including its Executive Committee, represents the breadth and diversity of PQA's multi-stakeholder membership base.

The Executive Committee for 2018 includes:
  • Mitch Betses, RPh, Executive Vice President, CVS Health: Vice Chair, PQA
  • David Medvedeff, PharmD, MBA, Chief Executive Officer of VUCA Health: Secretary, PQA
  • Jamie Chan, PharmD, Senior Director, Medicare Stars Program, Blue Shield of CA: Member-at-Large, PQA
  • Brian Jensen, RPh, Director, Community Pharmacy Foundation: Treasurer, PQA
  • Laura Cranston, RPh, Chief Executive Officer, PQA
The new Board appointments are:
  • Alan Balch, PhD, Chief Executive Officer; Patient Advocate Foundation
  • Christie Boutte, PharmD, RPh, Senior Director of Federal and State Public Policy; NACDS
  • Susan Cantrell, RPh, CAE, Chief Executive Officer; AMCP
  • Sharon Jhawar, PharmD, MBA, CGP, Chief Pharmacy Officer; SCAN Health Plan
  • Bhavesh Modi, RPh, Vice President of Pharmacy; Healthfirst
  • Cynthia J. Pigg, BS Pharm, MHA, FAMCP, Sr. Vice President and Chief Pharmacy Officer; Gateway Health Plan
  • Vic Perini, DPh, MSc, MBA, Vice President of Sales and Account Management; Accredo Health
  • Jason Spangler, MD, MPH, FACPM, Executive Director of Value, Quality, and Medical Policy; Amgen
About PQA
Established in 2006, PQA represents pharmacy providers, pharmacy benefit managers, health plans, academia, consumer advocates, community pharmacies, health technology vendors, life sciences organizations, and other stakeholders interested in improving the quality of the medication-use system.

PQA's mission is:  Optimizing Health by Advancing the Quality of Medication Use

PQA provides a leadership role in identification and selection of metrics for evaluating the quality of the medication-use system, provides education on quality improvement, and connects pharmacists to healthcare improvement initiatives. For more information about the Pharmacy Quality Alliance, please visit or contact us at 703-347-7963.
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