Priority Health's Christina Barrington Recognized by Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy and AMCP Foundation

(Grand Rapids, Mich. - Apr. 2, 2019): Christina Barrington, Pharm. D., Vice President of Pharmacy Programs at Priority Health, was recognized for her contributions to AMCP by the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy and AMCP Foundation at the 2019 AMCP Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy Annual Meeting in San Diego, California.

Barrington was given the Individual Contribution Award for her instrumental work in the 2009 start-up of the Midwest AMCP chapter, where she served as President from 2009 to 2011, and again from 2017 to 2018. She was one of eight people recognized at the gala annual awards dinner held on March 27, putting her in a prestigious group of pharmacy leaders who advance collective knowledge and insights on major issues associated with the practice of pharmacy in managed health care settings.

"I am extremely honored and excited to have the opportunity to be professionally active at both the regional and national level for AMCP. This organization is doing tremendous work ensuring patients have access to low cost, high-quality, effective medications and therapies,," said Barrington.

Barrington is also the newly elected Treasurer of the AMCP Board of Directors, where she aims to dedicate appropriate resources to developing a robust technology platform and digital experience that transcends across all members, allowing AMCP to reach more managed care professionals. Among many of the initiatives she leads at Priority Health, Barrington has been instrumental in implementing the organization's opioids strategy. This strategy includes the following steps to help protect members:

  • Improving access to behavioral health services
  • Limiting the number of short-acting opioids for acute pain to a 15-day fill
  • Limiting the number of long-acting opioids for chronic pain to a 30-day fill
  • Reducing the maximum daily dose to 120 MEqD (morphine equivalent dose)
  • Reducing the number of members receiving prescriptions from multiple doctors

To learn more about how Priority Health is combating the opioid crisis, please visit Priority Health’s opioids information website

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.