Drug Utilization Review (DUR) Board

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) has appointed the DUR Board to promote patient safety by review of outpatient drug prescribing and dispensing in the Medical Assistance (MA) Program.

The Department’s drug use review program consists of:

  • Prospective Drug Review (Pro DUR)
  • Retrospective Drug Use Review (Retro DUR)

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The agenda will be posted prior to the meeting

The Pennsylvania Child Welfare Training Center
403 East Winding Hill Road
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

Directions to the Pennsylvania Child Welfare Training Center

View the Drug Utilization Review Board By-Laws

The DUR Board is comprised of DHS medical directors, external physicians, pharmacists, consumer advocates, and specialists as needed.

NameSpecialtyExternal Member *Internal Member **
Ivonne Acrich, M.D.OMAP Medical Director Child/Adolescent Psychiatrist X
Dale Adair, M.D.OMHSAS Chief Medical Officer X
Cheston Berlin, Jr., M.DPediatricianX 
Gene Bishop, M.D.InternistX 
Terri Cathers, Pharm.D., Chair (tie-breaker vote only)OMAP Pharmacy Director X
Jessica Daw, Pharm.D.UPMC for You PharmacistX 
Bernard DiCasimirro, M.D.PerformCare PA, Medical DirectorX 
Heather Gross, Pharm.D.Aetna Better Health PharmacistX 
James Hancovsky, R.Ph., MBAUnitedHealthcare PharmacistX 
Kristin Hoover, Pharm.D. (non-voting)OMAP Clinical Pharmacist X
Rosemary Keffer, M.D.OMAP Medical Director Adult Psychiatrist X
David Kelley, M.D.OMAP Chief Medical Officer X
Jaymie Lako, Pharm.D.Gateway Health Plan PharmacistX 
Jeffrey Kreitman, Pharm.D.AmeriHealth Caritas & Keystone First PharmacistX 
Geoff Neimark, M.D.Community Behavioral Health PsychiatristX 
Mirza Perez, Pharm.D.Clinical PharmacistX 
James Schuster, M.D., Vice ChairCommunity Care Behavioral Health Organization PsychiatristX 
Manuel Reich, D.O.Value Behavioral Health of Pennsylvania Child/Adolescent PsychiatristX 
Jeanne Spencer, M.D.Family PractitionerX 
Kevin Szczecina, R.Ph.Geisinger Health PlanX 
Rajiv Vyas, M.D.Magellan Behavioral Health of PA Medical DirectorX 
Margery Wasko, M.D.OMAP Medical Director X
Lloyd WertzConsumer/Family AdvocateX 
Jenny Sunwoo, Pharm.D.Health Partners of Philadelphia PharmacistX 

 * - External Members are not employed by the Department
** - Internal Members are employed by or under contract with the Department on a full or part time basis

Effective March 2017
Last modified September 2016