ARLINGTON, Va. – Dr. Lauren Lyles-Stolz, PharmD, has joined the staff team of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS). She fills the new role of senior director of reimbursement, innovation and advocacy. Most recently, she served as health legislative assistant for U.S. Rep. Bradley S. Schneider (D-Ill.).
At NACDS, she will serve as a subject matter expert on federal and state pharmacy reimbursement issues specific to Medicaid, Medicare, commercial, and other payers. Her new role at NACDS is a coming home of sorts, as she was selected as NACDS’ Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience student and served in the role in Fall 2015.
“We see Lauren as an immediate-impact member of the NACDS staff team,” said NACDS president and CEO Steven C. Anderson. “She brings diverse experience and knowledge that will contribute to policy development and advocacy on behalf of NACDS members. These are critical issues for patient care at the federal and state levels alike, and Lauren will make a big difference for this industry and for this profession that she so clearly loves.”
Prior to her work on Capitol Hill, she was executive director of the Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission in the Washington State Department of Health. On Capitol Hill and in Washington State, her expansive issue portfolio included topics central to the COVID-19 response.
Before working in government, Dr. Lyles-Stolz was the first pharmacist selected for the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation German Chancellor Fellowship, in Berlin and Geneva, hosted by Siemens Healthineers. She researched population health management as a solution to America’s healthcare challenges, and collaborated with industry experts and public officials from Israel, Germany, Singapore, Scotland, and Spain.
Previously, she served as manager of pharmacy affairs and new practitioner programs for the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy, and participated in the Eli Lilly Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the area of U.S. and International Regulatory Policy and Strategy.
Dr. Lyles-Stolz received her PharmD with honors from the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy. She was elected to the School of Pharmacy’s Hall of Fame and most recently recognized as the Ole Miss Alumni Association’s inaugural 40 under 40 Class of 2022.
Dr. Lyles-Stolz reports to Dr. Christie Boutte, PharmD, RPh, senior vice president, reimbursement, innovation and advocacy.
Dr. Lyles-Stolz started in her new role on October 24.