Marissa Schlaifer, RPh, MS

Marissa Schlaifer currently works as an independent consultant, assisting businesses, professional associations, trade associations and others with health care policy analysis, issue advocacy, practice advancement and business development.  Marissa has 30 years of experience in both the managed care pharmacy and community pharmacy segments of the profession as well as leadership experience in several pharmacy organizations.

Most recently, Marissa served as the Head of Policy at CVS Health from April 2013 to July 2016. Based out of the CVS Health Washington, D.C., office, Marissa led the team responsible for creating policy positions that help shape the laws and regulations impacting CVS Health business, and she also served as a key contact with federal agencies. In this role, Marissa brought deep experience with policy analysis and issue advocacy, having spent ten years as Director of Pharmacy and Regulatory Affairs at the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP), the professional association representing pharmacists, physicians and nurses involved in the practice of managed care pharmacy.

Marissa was involved in providing input to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on the development and implementation of the Medicare prescription drug benefit and aspects of the Affordable Care Act.  In addition, she served on various Part D Medication Measures technical expert panels (TEPs), providing input on the development of quality measures, served on the Department of Defense Uniform Formulary Beneficiary Advisory Panel, and represented AMCP in many capacities within the Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA). Marissa currently serves on the National Quality Forum Measure Application Partnership (MAP) representing the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy.  MAP is a public-private partnership that reviews performance measures for potential use in federal public reporting and performance-based payment programs, while working to align measures being used in public- and private-sector programs. MAP is the first group of its kind to provide upstream, pre-rulemaking input to the federal government on the selection of measures.

Prior to joining AMCP, Marissa was Healthy Outcomes Director at H-E-B Grocery Company, where she was responsible for disease management and health improvement programs, immunization programs and new business opportunities. In addition, Marissa worked for PacifiCare of Texas and Prescription Solutions (now OptumRx) as a clinical pharmacist, and for Eckerd Drug Company as pharmacy manager and a regional manager for managed care sales.

She received her B.S. in Pharmacy and M.S. in Pharmacy Administration from The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy. Marissa has been active in leadership positions within AMCP, the American Pharmacists Association and the Texas Pharmacy Association

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