Members Working For You: Managed Care Pharmacy Makes the Grade

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Members Working For You: Managed Care Pharmacy Makes the Grade 

Academic pharmacy is well-represented on the Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy’s editorial team.

Three new assistant editors of the Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy (JMCP) are pharmacy educators at AACP member schools: Dr. Laura E. Happe (Presbyterian College), Dr. Karen L. Rascati (The University of Texas at Austin) and Dr. Eleanor Perfetto (University of Maryland). JMCP is the official peer-reviewed journal of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP).

“We are very pleased that these three well-published researchers agreed to share their expertise with JMCP authors,” said Editor-in-Chief John Mackowiak, Ph.D. “With their extraordinary experience, qualifications and commitment, Drs. Happe, Rascati and Perfetto will boost JMCP’s reputation as a widely read and quoted journal describing cutting-edge research and practices in managed care today.”

“The Journal now has the team in place to take AMCP’s strategic commitment to supporting innovative research to the next level,” added JMCP Publisher and AMCP CEO Edith A. Rosato, R.Ph., IOM. “With Drs. Happe, Rascati and Perfetto on board, JMCP will bring to the fore the kind of research that will accelerate improvements in care delivery and patient outcomes.”

AMCP’s new assistant editors are:

  • Dr. Laura E. Happe is associate professor of pharmacy administration and director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Development at Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy. With more than 10 years in managed care pharmacy, Happe is an authority on health economics and outcomes research, and an author of over 20 peer-reviewed publications.
  • Dr. Karen L. Rascati is the Eckerd/Turley Centennial Endowed Professor of Health Outcomes & Pharmacy Practice at The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy. She has conducted more than 50 funded research projects on economic and outcomes evaluations for disease states and pharmacy services—she‘s also authored or co-authored over 200 publications and presentations.
  • Dr. Eleanor Perfetto is a professor at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and member of the Pharmacy Quality Alliance and Health Industry Forum Board. Previously, she was senior director, Federal Government Relations for Pfizer and has also served on boards and committees for CMS, National Quality Forum and Center for Medical Technology Policy.

In their brief time with JMCP, Happe, Rascati and Perfetto have already had an impact, Mackowiak said. Even though manuscript submissions are up 55 percent this year, the time a manuscript spends in JMCP’s high-quality review process has decreased significantly.

“As word of that gets around, even more managed care authors will be submitting their best work to JMCP,” he said. “With this team of editors, we will be the go-to place for great research and commentary.”

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