NACDS appoints Target exec as pharmacy affairs director

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) appointed Jason Ausili as director of pharmacy affairs. Ausili joins the association from Target, where he spent more than 10 years in pharmacy management and health care leadership roles.

As president of pharmacy affairs, Ausili will lead the NACDS initiatives designed to optimize pharmacy care; help with emerging care models to improve patient clinical outcomes; and build and leverage relationships with schools and colleges of pharmacy to ensure future education accreditation.

He will also work with the NACDS Foundation's Faculty Scholars Program, which trains associate professors in effective research methods of community-based patient care.

"Jason brings a wealth of theoretical and applied knowledge to the advancement of neighborhood care," said Steven Anderson, NACDS president and CEO, IOM, CAE. "He is well grounded in practical pharmacy operations and innovative clinical experience. Together, these skills will allow him to provide effective leadership on issues such as quality metrics and innovative value-based payment models."

Ausili was most recently Target's health quality leader, a role in which he developed and executed health care quality strategy for more than 1,660 pharmacy locations. His focus was improving health outcomes and decreasing the overall cost of health care.

Earlier this year, Target agreed to sell off these pharmacies to CVS Health for $1.9 billion. However, CVS Health is offering 14,000 employee positions to Target health care professionals as part of the deal.

Ausili's other positions at Target included healthcare operations manager, business process consultant and pharmacy manager. Prior to Target, he was a staff pharmacist at Kroger.

At NACDS, Ausili will report to Kathleen Jaeger, senior VP, pharmacy care and patient advocacy, starting on Sept. 28.  Press Release