Along with the proprietary services that we have developed in house over the years, we feel that our group of employees is what truly sets us apart from other practices. Each one of us is an expert in their respective field, and brings that knowledge and experience to every project that we work on.
- Michael J. Tocco, B.S., R.Ph., M.Ed.
- Farah Bhanji, BSc Pharmacy, MBA
- Stephen DePietro, B.S., R.Ph.
- Matthew Moen, Pharm.D., R.Ph., MBA.
- James D. “JD” Coffey, B.S., R.Ph.
- Brian Batbouta, CPhT.
- Smita Gohil, B.S., R.Ph.
Michael J. Tocco, B.S., R.Ph., M.Ed.
Michael is the Owner and Chief Executive Officer of Integrated Pharmacy Solutions, Inc. Over the past 35 years, Michael’s experience in the health care industry has included positions such as: owner of a community pharmacy chain, executive level positions in two major pharmacy chains, consulting and program development for managed care organizations as well as state DUR boards, and consulting to pharmaceutical manufactures on disease management, operational, clinical, regulatory, and marketing issues. While at IPS, Michael has helped clients by developing: disease management programs that use patient registries, disease treatment algorithms, provider and patient education, as well as providing contract management and pharmacy data management services.
Michael uses his experience to provide innovative and practical solutions to today’s most difficult pharmaceutical care delivery problems encouraging appropriate and rational use of pharmaceuticals to reduce health system costs. Specific experience includes:
- Assessing, evaluating, redesigning and implementing pharmaceutical care management and distribution programs.
- Designing and implementing pharmacy related health system issue management strategies for managed care and public health organizations.
- Disease management initiatives and patient registries in the areas of depression, peptic ulcer disease, weight management, Hepatitis C, and HIV/AIDS.
- Testifying and speaking at various state drug utilization review boards, pharmacy and therapeutic committees, and many national managed health care conferences speaking on contemporary pharmacy and health care issues.
- Through his experiences Michael has a tight grasp on the integration of pharmacy between practice settings enabling him to design seamless pharmaceutical care.
Michael graduated from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences with a Bachelor of Science degree, and has completed a Master’s in Education and Management Studies at Cambridge College. Michael has also completed course work toward an MBA at Suffolk University. He is a member of national and state pharmacy associations as well as political organizations. Michael has served on the leadership of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy since 1997. Michael has published a number of articles related to pharmaceutical care and has spoken at a number of national health care conferences (NMHCC, AMCP, ASCP, ASHP). Michael also has served on the editorial boards for Nursing Home Economics and Disease State Management Magazines. He served on the Board for 4 years and is a Past President of the Massachusetts Board of Pharmacy, committee member AMCP’s Pharmacy Pricing Advisory Task Force, and Chair of the Academy of Managed Care’s National Task Force on Quality, and Chaired the Task Force on Community Pharmacy Outreach.
Farah Bhanji, B.S.c, MBA
Farah Bhanji is the current Director of Operations overseeing the office, all contracts and the PBM audits. Farah has over 15 years of health care experience in Pharmacy, Pharmacy Benefit Management and International Health. Farah managed the contract for New Hampshire Medicaid and Vermont Medicaid for all pharmacy benefit management services including claims processing and clinical services. Born in France and bilingual, Farah Bhanji worked as a technical lead in Kenya to assist all African Francophone countries to plan, prepare and respond to Covid 19. Having built her own business overseas, she comes with a wealth of experience in management, procurement, marketing and client relationships. Farah formerly worked as the Director of Clinical Affairs at IPS where she provided consulting services to pharmaceutical companies on issues related to marketing, disease management, managed care, pharmacy benefit programs, and regulatory affairs.
Farah graduated from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences with a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy. She also holds an MBA with a focus in Healthcare Management from Brandeis University.
Stephen DePietro, B.S., R.Ph.
Mr. DePietro has over 30 years of experience in the health care industry including: designing and managing data analysis tools for managed care and consultant pharmacy organizations; owning and operating a community pharmacy; tracking and evaluating new technologies in pharmacy practice; developing and performing regulatory audits; and training pharmacists as successful adjunct faculty. He currently provides database development, data analysis and pharmacy practice expertise to managed care, corrections and other pharmacy organizations.
As a member of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Pharmacy, Mr. DePietro used his experience to help develop innovative solutions to the complex regulatory issues that arise in this rapidly changing health care environment. His goal is to help pharmacists develop skills that will enable them to be successful in integrating pharmaceutical care into their practice.
Specific health care consulting interest and experience includes:
- Developing data collection and analysis tools for appropriate use programs and medication monitoring systems.
- Creating software systems to evaluate and prioritize patients based on pre-determined criteria.
- Developing an expertise in integrating data from various systems so that it may be analyzed, reviewed and evaluated.
- Performing regulatory audits for adherence to state and federal regulations.
Mr. DePietro graduated from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences with a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy. He was a member of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Pharmacy and is currently a member of the National Council for Prescription Drug Programs.
James D. “JD” Coffey, B.S., R.Ph.
Mr. Coffey has over 20 years’ experience in the health care industry specializing in a wide array of pharmacy practices. His multi-disciplinary healthcare industry background encompasses ambulatory care, hospital, investigative, auditing and regulatory and policy development and operational management. He formerly served in capacity as the Director of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Pharmacy.
He has acquired extensive pharmaceutical, health care delivery and regulatory affairs knowledge over the course of his study and work with state, local and national pharmacy related regulatory authorities and professional organizations. JD graduated from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences with a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy.
Matt Moen, Pharm.D., R.Ph., MBA
Mr. Moen is the current Director of Pharmacy Operations overseeing the contracted pharmacies for Integrated Pharmacy Solutions. He brings over 15 years of experience in the pharmacy industry to this role. He has risen from staff pharmacist to Senior Leadership positions in retail/clinic pharmacy with building relationships with assisted living facilities, skilled nursing facilities, acute care hospitals, physician practices and other health care organizations. Mr. Moen served as a Consulting Pharmacist responsible for implementation of pharmacy services within a new behavioral health facility including recruitment, training, policy& procedure development and regulatory compliance. He also served as the Director of Pharmacy for an inpatient pharmacy serving a 108-bed independent psychiatric hospital serving a patient population with diverse psychiatric and medical needs.
Mr. Moen graduated from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Science with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. He also received his MBA from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA. He is currently a registered pharmacist in Massachusetts and Connecticut and is a member of the Academy of Managed Care pharmacy (AMCP).
Brian Batbouta, CPhT
Mr.Batbouta has over 19 years of experience in the health care industry including Pharmacy Claims Auditing, Investigative Fraud Auditing, Compound, Retail, and Hospital Pharmacy. Mr.Batbouta spent his first 6 years working in both retail and hospital pharmacy settings before transitioning to work in specialty and compounding pharmacies.
He has spent the last 10 years working in fraud detection in both claims data auditing and special investigative auditing. Mr.Batbouta studied at The College of the Holy Cross and Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Smita Gohil, B.S., R.Ph.
Smita Gohil is the Pharmacy Manager of Walden Behavioral Care Pharmacy. Smita’s experience includes many years in retail pharmacy for several large retail pharmacy chains. She has participated in experimental rotations at Beth Israel Medical Center and Newton Wellesley Hospital. She has worked for an independent pharmacy and also took part in a clinical externship in United Kingdom.
Smita’s experience includes:
- Managing a pharmacy in a sub-acute care facility that specializes in eating disorders and psychiatric care.
- Performing DUR and consulting with physicians and nurses.
- Managing a high volume of prescriptions, maintaining accurate inventory and records.
- Adapting to varying pharmacies and managing diverse teams to deliver peak performance.
- Training of pharmacy technicians and pharmacy interns.
Smita has a BS in Pharmacy from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences and a Post Graduate Diploma in Pharmacy from the University of Brighton, U.K.