PQA enhances platform through three new hires and addition of executive fellow


ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Pharmacy Quality Alliance on Tuesday announced three strategic hires and the installation of an executive fellow. Bill Lademann joins PQA as SVP strategic alliances and measure implementation; Irene Nsiah was named associate director research and analytics; Loren Kirk was named associate director member engagement; and Nicolette Mehas is joining PQA as its fifth executive fellow.

"As we continue to build out PQA's capacity as a multi-stakeholder, measure developer, we are excited to have Bill, Irene, Loren and Nicolette join the PQA team," stated Laura Cranston, executive director PQA. "Their combined expertise will continue to enable PQA to work collaboratively on meaningful measures that improve patient care through appropriate and safe medication use."

Lademann hails from United Health Group where he served as VP National HEDIS Medical Clinical Operations and established and managed four core Centers of Excellence. He brings more than three decades of experience in quality measurement and reporting, hospital pharmacy practice and health care administration.

Nsiah will take an active role in measure testing, research and analytics to support the measure development and endorsement initiatives. Prior to joining PQA, she worked as a research scientist at Comprehensive Health Insights, where she was responsible for conducting comparative effectiveness analyses, cost and utilization studies and burden of illness analyses to inform formulary decisions.

Kirk, meanwhile, recently completed an executive fellowship with the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. His focus will be to ensure the balance of the stakeholders as well as to foster an increased level of member engagement in measure development, implementation, research and educational initiatives.

And Mehas is joining PQA as its fifth executive fellow. She is a recent graduate of Purdue University.

Lademann will be filling a post held by Woody Eisenberg, who will be retiring at the end of the month, PQA stated. Eisenberg has played a key role within PQA over the past four years, with respect to the measures it develops, positioning them within a variety of new organizations, including state-based health alliances, accreditation programs and new and emerging models of care.