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Healthcare Reform: New Role of the Community Pharmacy

From the Show: Staying Well
Summary: Your community pharmacist role is changing, for the better.
Air Date: 4/14/14
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Harry Leider, MD
Harry LeiderDr. Leider, is a board certified internist, with over 20 years experience as a physician executive in a variety of diverse and innovative healthcare organizations.

He currently is the Chief Medical Officer and Group Vice President of Walgreens, and in this role is responsible for ensuring enterprise-wide health and wellness service offerings and outcomes that provide customer value and improve patient lives.

Prior to joining Walgreens Dr. Leider was Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of Ameritox, Inc., a national medication adherence testing company. Prior to joining Ameritox, Dr. Leider was Chief Medical Officer of XLHealth & Care Improvement Plus, a large national disease management firm and Medicare managed care organization specializing in providing care management services to individuals with chronic illnesses.

At XLHealth he was the senior executive responsible for all healthcare program development, quality improvement initiatives, and professional training within the company. Prior to joining XLHealth, Dr. Leider was Senior Vice President of Interactive Forums, Inc. a national healthcare market research and medical education company; and founder and President of IFI Health Solutions - its consulting division.

In this role, he developed and delivered services to a broad range of healthcare technology, managed care, provider, and pharmaceutical organizations - providing expertise in the areas of disease management, leadership training for physician executives, clinical quality improvement, and qualitative market research.

In addition to his extensive background in disease management, market research, and healthcare consulting, Dr Leider has broad experience in managed care. He served as the Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of Health Services for HealthNet, a large hospital-owned managed care organization in Kansas and Missouri, and developed of all of the care management programs for multiple new health plans.

Previously, Dr. Leider was the Health Center Director for the Boston Health Center of Harvard Community Health Plan, one of the country's leading managed care organization. In this role, he was the senior executive responsible for the operation of a large, urban, multi-specialty health center that employed over 40 physicians, 200 staff, and served over 25,000 members.

From a corporate perspective, he participated in company-wide initiatives in the areas of strategic planning, pharmacy utilization management, and clinical quality improvement.

Dr. Leider has received national recognition for his innovative approach to developing care management programs for populations with chronic illness, educating physicians on how to be more effective leaders, and teaching clinicians how to improve the quality of healthcare.

He speaks frequently to national audiences and serves as a fellow, core faculty member, and past board member for the American College of Physician Executives. In addition to his faculty role at ACPE, Dr. Leider currently serves as a Professional Faculty member at the Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business.

Dr. Leider's publications have appeared in a variety of peer-reviewed journals and books including the American Journal of Managed Care, the journal Population Health Management, The Physician's Guide to Managed Care by Aspen Publishers, and two books published by ACPE: Essentials of Medical Management and Practicing Medicine in the 21st Century.

He also serves on the editorial boards of the Physician Executive Journal, and Population Health Management.

Dr. Leider served on the board of the American College of Physician Executives and was a recent Chairman of the Board and the organization's Past President. He was a founding board member of the Disease Management Association of America (DMAA) and previously served as chair of DMAA's Medicare Committee. He also served on the Board of the Institute of Aging at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Leider obtained a BA from Pennsylvania State University, earned his MD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and while a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar, earned his MBA from the University of Washington.

In addition to Internal Medicine, he is board certified in Medical Management and is a fellow of the American College of Physician Executives. He served for six years as an attending physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and as a faculty member at Harvard Medical School.
Healthcare Reform: New Role of the Community Pharmacy
Trying to understand and discuss healthcare reform can be confusing and frustrating. But a trend has emerged in healthcare, helping to ease some of the angst: an expansion of the community pharmacist.

A community pharmacy is a pharmacy that deals directly with people in a local area. Responsibilities of a community pharmacy include counseling, checking and dispensing prescription drugs to the patients with care, accuracy and legality.

The roles of these pharmacists are changing, for the better.

Pharmacists now are providing more support than they ever have in the past. For example, community pharmacists give out immunizations and are more involved with patients. They provide ongoing support in order to maintain your individual health.

Can a community pharmacist help advocate for patients?

Community pharmacists put all their efforts into advocating for YOU. Whether it's helping you answer questions about medications, having a close relationship with your doctors, sending you alerts through emails or texts, or making sure your medication is covered properly through insurance, these pharmacists are focused on your healthcare.

What other ways are community pharmacists benefiting you?

Chief Medical Officer and Group Vice President of Walgreens, Dr. Harry Leider, joins Melanie Cole, MS, to discuss the emerging trend in healthcare reform and how the role of the community pharmacist is changing.