Rhonda Anderson is the Director of Pharmacy and the Director of the Drug Review Effectiveness Project (DERP) collaborative for the Center of Evidence-based Policy at Oregon Health and Science University. Most recently she served as the Deputy Division Director for Clinical Policy and Operations for the MO HealthNet Program (formerly Missouri Medicaid). As the DERP Director, Rhonda leads a trailblazing collaborative of 15 state Medicaid and public pharmacy programs in the production of concise, comparative, evidence-based research products that assist policy makers and other decision-makers grappling with difficult decisions. Rhonda is the Center’s lead pharmacy subject matter expert, and consults on all Center projects that involve pharmaceuticals or drug policy, including the Medicaid Evidence-based Decisions (MED) project and the State Medicaid Alternative Reimbursement Test for High Cost Drugs (SMART-D).
A native of Central Illinois, Rhonda earned her pharmacy degree from St. Louis College of Pharmacy. In her former Medicaid Deputy Director position, Rhonda managed day-to-day administrative activities of the Medicaid program, which included being the primary back up to the Agency’s Director. As one of the Division’s primary resources of clinical expertise, Rhonda was responsible for maintenance of the program’s clinical editing tools; including developing prior authorization and clinical edits, continued expansion of the Preferred Drug List, performing evidence-based therapeutic class reviews, development and implementation of clinical and technological programs, and evaluating patient care plans to encourage appropriate medication utilization and identify medical necessity. In addition, Rhonda managed the DME, Radiology, Optical, Laboratory and Hospital programs. Rhonda was the executive leadership for the Managed Care program, overseeing health plan contracting, rate setting, contract compliance, and contract procurement. She also managed the Program Operations Unit, which administered the waiver programs for the Division.
A married mother of three, Rhonda has practiced pharmacy in both hospital and retail settings, and brings wealth of clinical expertise and executive leadership experience to the Center.
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As a reporter who didn't start covering pharma until 2016, I really appreciated this great roundup of important drug approvals of last decade, from @adamfeuerstein n @matthewherper