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Event Date: April 5, 2012, Noon - Central Standard Time

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McInnis to Address College Community


Terry McInnis, M.D.

Terry McInnis, M.D., chief transformation officer for Cornerstone Health Enablement Strategic Solutions (CHESS), will visit The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy on April 5.  She will discuss pharmacy's role in helping to forge a more financially sustainable and quality enhanced health delivery system in her presentation titled "Pharmacists' Roles in a Transformed Healthcare System."

Dr. McInnis will speak to a combined professional convocation of pharmacy students, faculty, and staff beginning at noon.  Her presentation also will be available to others interested in this topic via a live webcast from the College of Pharmacy at http://mediasite.phr.utexas.edu/UTMediasite/Play/15365aab102b4384802e92a0392dcd391d.  Link to the webcast will be available via the college's homepage at www.utexas.edu/pharmacy.

UT College of Pharmacy Dean M. Lynn Crismon says that he first became acquainted with Dr. McInnis last summer when they both served on the program at the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Annual Meeting.  He said that he was impressed by her vision for healthcare, and pharmacists' potential role in addressing current challenges. 

"It is common to hear pharmacists advocating for expanding their roles as health care providers," Crismon said.  "It is less common to hear a physician, particularly one with Dr. McInnis' experience and reputation, promoting pharmacists as the health professionals capable of addressing challenges that exist in managing chronic diseases where medications are the mainstay of treatment." 

"On the other hand, she does not sugar coat things," he continued.  "She is direct in addressing the obligations that pharmacists must assume and the changes that they must make if they are going to successfully assume these expanded roles."

Dr. McInnis brings 25 years of experience to the position she assumed with CHESS in 2013 where she helps clients define the clinical transformation and delivery system redesign necessary to assure optimized patient outcomes.  She and her team work to assure that the U.S. healthcare system is affordable to payers while enhancing the ability of providers to focus on the various processes that are critical to deliver coordinated, efficient, and effective patient-centered care.  Her models also include incentives aligned to pay providers for better patient outcome versus volume of services.

Prior to her role with CHESS, she served as president and founder of Blue Thorn, Inc. a consulting firm that focused on healthcare management. There she consulted nationally with government, providers, payers, academia, patient advocacy groups, and professional organizations to form strategies, policies, and legislation to facilitate meaningful reform.  In 2010 and 2012, her leadership efforts were instrumental to the successful compilation, launch and widespread adoption of a resource guide that has defined comprehensive medication management as a critical component for success in the transformation to a coordinated care system.


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