SOURCE: The Burchfield Group

June 18, 2008 11:28 ET

The Burchfield Group Promotes New Senior Consultant and Hires Three Others in Response to Growth in Pharmacy Benefit Consulting Business

Uncertainty About Potential Health Care Policy Changes and the Lasting Impact of Medicare Part D Have Kept Plan Sponsors in Close Contact With Consultants at The Burchfield Group

ST. PAUL, MN--(Marketwire - June 18, 2008) - The Burchfield Group, a consulting firm that helps employers and other health plan sponsors control the costs of providing prescription drug benefits, has promoted and hired several team members as part of wave of growth during the past two years that has resulted in a 60 percent increase in the company's employee base.

Christine Kosson, who had worked as a consultant at The Burchfield Group for more than five years, has been promoted to senior consultant. Kosson has 17 years experience in pharmacy benefit management and benefit administration and has worked with The Burchfield Group's key employer clients, including many Fortune 50 companies. This promotion recognizes Kosson's significant contributions to The Burchfield Group and represents senior leadership opportunities for her.

Elizabeth Matty, RPh, has been hired as director of audit operations, overseeing this crucial aspect of The Burchfield Group's services and the company's team of auditors. Prior to joining The Burchfield Group, Matty served as a benefit team manager and later as a formulary operations pharmacist at Prime Therapeutics, the largest privately held pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) in the United States. Matty has worked on benefit plan design and support, benefit/claims system upgrades, step therapy programs, and specialty drug programs, and she worked as a retail pharmacist for 13 years.

Lynn Stano has joined The Burchfield Group as consultant, working with the firm's third-party administrator (TPA) clients. Stano brings 11 years of experience in the PBM industry to The Burchfield Group, most recently as a financial manager in the underwriting department at Express Scripts. Her background includes experience and a strong focus on account management and operations, including eligibility, mail order, call center, reporting, and claims audit and project management.

Patricia Tinder is The Burchfield Group's new director of business development. Tinder is responsible for cultivating relationships with prospective clients to help them improve pharmacy benefit programs and for tailoring customized solutions for the prospective market. Prior to joining The Burchfield Group, she worked in various marketing and business development positions for companies including Clear Channel Communications, the Star Tribune and the Kansas City Star.

"Our clients are faced with the need to manage increasingly larger drug spends, growing complexity with programs such as Medicare Part D, and potential policy changes as health care becomes a fixture of current political discussions," said Kent Wangsness, vice president of client development at The Burchfield Group. "These additions to our staff are a response to this natural growth and our need to give our clients the best service we can."

Photos of Christine Kosson, Elizabeth Matty, Lynn Stano and Patricia Tinder are available at http://www.burchfieldgroup.com/press/.

About The Burchfield Group

The Burchfield Group is a pharmacy benefit management consultancy based in St. Paul, Minn. The Burchfield Group brings innovative perspectives to managing pharmacy benefits, helping plan sponsors evaluate and select PBM vendors, designing pharmacy benefit plans, monitoring plan and PBM performance, and auditing results. Their staff of experts has a vast knowledge of the PBM industry, including insight into drug manufacturers' influences, mail service profits, and retail network margins. (www.burchfieldgroup.com)

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