Academy Appoints Bernadette Eichelberger as Director of Pharmacy Affairs

 

Alexandria, VA, January 23, 2013 – The Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) is pleased to announce that Bernadette Eichelberger, PharmD, has joined the organization as Director of Pharmacy Affairs. Filling one of AMCP’s key roles, she will focus on supporting and promoting continuous practice improvement and innovation in the development and delivery of covered pharmacy benefits.

Central to Eichelberger’s work will be efforts to take advantage of the unique opportunity that health care reform gives managed care pharmacy to demonstrate its value and important role in improving patient care.  That effort includes advancing the practice of managed care pharmacy by expanding the use and improvement of quality medication management tools.

“We are delighted to have someone with Bernadette’s managed care experience at the Academy,” said AMCP Chief Executive Officer Edith A. Rosato, RPh, IOM. “She brings years of valuable managed care, pharmacy benefit management and management information systems experience, and has held key roles in the managed care, PBM and pharmacy association sectors.” 

“Her knowledge and expertise will ensure that AMCP’s positions are heard and duly considered as health care reforms are implemented and new health care delivery models and measures evolve,” Rosato continued. 

Eichelberger has extensive experience with Medicare Part D, Medicaid and Commercial Managed Care programs.

Before joining AMCP, she served for 13 years in various clinical positions at Express Scripts (ESI).  Prior to that, she worked with Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic for 13 years, first opening pharmacies and later as Director of Clinical Pharmacy Programs, where she established therapeutic substitution and drug utilization review (DUR) programs, diabetic clinics and staff pharmacist training for academic detailing.  Later at Kaiser, she managed the implementation of a clinical management information and encounter coding system, increasing the functionality of the system to provide physician practice profiles and guidelines monitoring. 

Her first position in the profession was with the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists as Assistant Editor of American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy and of Drug Information. She later was an Assistant Professor at Howard University College of Pharmacy, specializing in Ambulatory Care.    

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree from the University of Arizona and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, formerly known as the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science. She is licensed as a pharmacist in the District of Columbia.