Christina Barrington, Pharma. D., named Vice President of Pharmacy Programs of Priority Health

(GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – June 12, 2017) Priority Health, one of Michigan’s largest health plans, announced that Christina Barrington has been named the new vice president of pharmacy programs. Barrington will be responsible for setting the strategy for the pharmacy operations to clearly align with the organization’s vision and mission.

“With pharmacy being a key driver of overall health care cost trends, it is critical that we have exceptional leadership in place,” said Dr. James Forshee, chief medical director for Priority Health. “With her passion for driving excellence, I am confident that Christina will continue to identify initiatives for Priority Health to provide quality and affordable pharmacy benefits.”

Barrington brings more than 20 years of managed care experience to Priority Health. Most recently, she served as the senior director of clinical quality management for OptumRx in Schaumburg, IL. In this role, she was responsible for overseeing and setting the strategic direction for the quality oversite of clinical programs and services. Her research on the impact of value-based benefit designs was featured across several national medical journals. Barrington serves as president of the Midwest Affiliate of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy. She earned her Doctorate of Pharmacy from St. Louis College of Pharmacy and completed her residency in Clinical Pharmacy Practice at University Medical Center in Florida.

About Priority Health:

Priority Health is an award-winning, Michigan-based non-profit health plan nationally recognized for improving the health and lives of the people it serves. It continues to lead the industry in engaging members in their health, delivering effective health and disease management programs and working with physicians to improve health care outcomes and performance. Priority Health is one of only 20 health plans nationwide offering wellness programs accredited by the National Committee for Quality Assurance, an organization which also rated it among the best health plans in the nation. The State of Michigan named the Priority Health HMO the benchmark plan for all individual and group HMO plans to model.

Priority Health offers a broad portfolio of health benefit options for employer groups and individuals, including Medicare and Medicaid plans. Its network of health care providers features 95 percent of practicing physicians available in Michigan and more than 900,000 health care providers nationwide.