The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has bolstered its government affairs and public policy department, hiring Christopher Smith as director of federal public policy.


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NACDS names public policy exec

September 30th, 2013

ARLINGTON, Va. – The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has bolstered its government affairs and public policy department, hiring Christopher Smith as director of federal public policy.

Smith, who was formerly director of policy and regulatory affairs for the National Community Pharmacists Association and a one-time law professor, will provide policy guidance on pharmacy issues, primarily at the federal level, in the area of patient care, including Medicaid, medical homes, health exchanges and accountable care organizations (ACOs).

He will also analyze and interpret policies and regulations that impact pharmacy patient care, prepare and deliver official testimony and comments and serve as a resource on these issues for NACDS members.

“We are pleased to welcome Chris to the NACDS staff team,” association president and chief executive officer Steve Anderson says. “His association and legislative experience, as well as his health policy law expertise will help further advance NACDS’ pro-patient, pro-pharmacy policy activities.”

During his time at NCPA, Smith was instrumental in developing that association’s positions on such issues as Medicare, TRICARE and health care waste, fraud and abuse.

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