Author: Sagar Makanji
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Sagar Makanji, PharmD, joined Magellan Rx Management (MRx) in 2012. He is currently is Vice President of Clinical Programs at MRx, where he leads the design, implementation, and management of clinical programs for health plan clients. His primary focus is quality improvement programs that enhance the level of care for several disease states including diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, and asthma with a key emphasis on CMS Star Ratings and HEDIS measures for Medicare health plans. Makanji is also responsible for developing innovative strategies in order to maximize patient engagement and outcomes for various population segments including commercial, Medicaid, and dual-eligibles. Part of this role also includes developing strategic partnerships in order to improve clinical program offerings in the marketplace for all lines of business. Makanji received his formal education at the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy, where he earned a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree and graduated valedictorian, honors scholar, and summa cum laude. Shortly after graduation, he completed his national and state licensing examinations and worked as a staff pharmacist for Walgreens, where he had interned as a pharmacy student. After one year, he went to work for Target Corporation as an Executive Team Leader Pharmacist in Trumbull, Connecticut, where he established business relationships with nearby organizations and achieved incredible growth. During his tenure with Walgreens and Target Corporation, Makanji also published several manuscripts with the Hartford Hospital Evidence-Based Practice Center in Hartford, Connecticut. Makanji is currently a registered pharmacist in both Rhode Island and Connecticut, and has additional advanced training in medication therapy management and immunizations from the American Pharmacists Association (APhA). In addition, he serves as a delegate to the America’s Health Insurance Plans Star System Work Group, where he is involved in strategy and support activities to help address priorities and potential enhancements related to CMS Star Ratings. He also serves as a preceptor for sixth-year, advanced pharmacy practice experience (APPE) students from both the University of Connecticut and University of Saint Joseph Schools of Pharmacy.