HOUSTON (MAY 24, 2017)

Reba Mathew Pharm.D., R.Ph has joined the firm’s Employee Benefits Consulting Practice as Pharmacy Director. Dr. Mathew will be based in Houston, TX and will report to Cliff Caldwell, Chief Operating Officer of Ascende – a Division of EPIC. Dr. Mathew joins Robin Rankin R.Ph. who will focus on the Ascendent Pharmacy Coalition and leading business development efforts across the country.

Dr. Mathew completed her Managed Care Pharmacy Residency with one of the largest Medicare health plans.  During her residency she worked on several pharmacy initiatives such as medication therapy management, pay for performance, and quality improvement. 

In addition to residency, Dr. Mathew has worked as a clinical pharmacist in both the hospital and retail setting.  Her significant clinical experience led her to the pharmacy consulting practice for two of the world’s largest brokerage services, managing nearly $250 million annually in pharmacy benefits. 

Dr. Mathew was able to achieve significant clinical goals for her clients, including improvement in generic dispensing rates and medication adherence, implementation of customized and standard utilization management programs and formularies, and reduction in total pharmacy spend. 

 “We are pleased and excited to have Reba join our Pharmacy Practice team and the Ascendent Pharmacy Coalition,” said Cliff Caldwell. “Her knowledge, depth of experience and strong, client-focused consulting skills deepen and strengthen the resources and services available to our clients across the country.”

About the Ascendent® Pharmacy Coalition 

Launched in 2002, the Ascendent Pharmacy Coalition brings the power of a purchasing coalition to mid-market clients looking for a more effective means of delivering transparent pharmacy pricing and discounted rates.  Participants in the coalition realized over $100 Million dollars in savings in 2016.   

About Ascende – a Division of EPIC

One of the largest independent employee benefits only consulting firms in the country, Houston-based Ascende specializes in health and welfare consulting, benefit plan administration, retirement and investment advisory, wellness, communications, global benefit solutions, mergers and acquisitions consulting and human resources consulting services.