Ben Urick, Pharm.D., Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor

Ben Urick, Pharm.D., Ph.D., is a research assistant professor at the Center for Medication Optimization in the Division of Practice Advancement and Clinical Education. His academic interests lie at the intersection of pharmacy practice, healthcare and health policy.

Dr. Urick’s primary research focuses on the role of community pharmacists in the evolving healthcare system and the use of secondary data to measure healthcare quality and spending. His current research includes evaluation of pharmacy services interventions, scientific reliability of provider-level quality measures, and factors which influence medication-related healthcare quality.

Urick is also the advisor of the UNC student chapter of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy and a member of the American Pharmacists Association, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy, the American Institute for the History of Pharmacy, and the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists.

Research Interests

  • Leveraging pharmacy networks to improve healthcare quality and reduce healthcare spending
  • Novel community pharmacy practice models
  • Pharmaceutical reimbursement and pharmacy profitability

Select Poster Presentations

  • Urick BY, Mattingly TJ 2nd, Mattingly AN. Relationship between regulatory barriers to entry and pharmacy technician wages. Academy Health Annual Research Meeting. Washington, D.C. June 2019.
  • Gratie D, Cook S, Urick BY. The Predictive Validity of Prescription Claims as a Proxy for Diagnosis of Diabetes. PQA Annual Meeting. Baltimore, MD. May 2019.
  • Urick BY, Farley JF. Patient Outcomes from Implementing an Enhanced Services Network in North Carolina Community Pharmacies. APhA Annual Meeting. Seattle, WA. March 2019.
  • Urick BY, Renfro CP, Ferreri S. Relationship between Pharmacy Characteristics and Pharmacy Performance. PQA Annual Meeting. Baltimore, MD. May 2018.
  • Cook S, Gratie D,Urick BY. Prescription Claims Data as a Proxy for Diabetes Diagnosis. AMCP Annual Meeting. Boston, MA. April 2018.
  • Urick BY, Farley JF. Do Progressive Pharmacies Serve Less Healthy Patients? APhA Annual Meeting. Nashville, TN. March 2018.
  • Urick BY, Urmie JM. What difference does risk adjustment make? A comparison of risk adjusted and non-risk adjusted pharmacy quality scores. PQA Annual Meeting. Baltimore, MD. May 2017.
  • Urick BY, Urmie JM. Detecting High and Low Value Pharmacies Using Commercially Insured Patients’ Prescription and Medical Claims. APhA Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA. March 2017.
  • Urick BY*, Urmie JM. Evaluation of Thresholds for Attributing Patients to Pharmacies Using Prescription Claims. PQA Annual Meeting. Arlington, VA. May 2016.
  • Urick BY*, Urmie JM. Estimating Impact of Pharmacies on Hospital Admissions. APhA Annual Meeting Poster Session. Baltimore, MD. March 2016.
  • Nichols RE*, Buchele EC, Urick BY. Access to Health: An Evaluation of a Student-led Interprofessional Rural Community Health Fair. Iowa Pharmacy Association Annual Meeting. Iowa City, IA. June 2015.
  • Urick BY*, Urmie JM. The Way Forward: A Model of Pharmacy Practice Policy Adoption. International Social Pharmacy Workshop. Boston, MA. August 2014.
  • Urick BY*, Kaskie B, Carnahan RM. Improving Antipsychotic Prescribing Practices in Nursing Facilities. APhA Annual Meeting Poster Session. Orlando, FL. March 2014.
  • Urick BY*, Urmie JM. Towards a National Benchmark for Drug Reimbursement? Comparison of State and National Medicaid Drug Product Cost Estimate Lists. Iowa Pharmacy Association Annual Meeting. Coralville, IA. July 2013.
  • Urick BY*, Urmie JM, Doucette WR, McDonough RP. Estimation of Gross Margin for Prescriptions across a Sample of Payers at a Progressive Community Pharmacy Over Four Years. APhA Annual Meeting Poster Session. New Orleans, LA. March 2012.

Selected Invited Presentations

  • Cook S, Urick BY, Pathak S. Who Did What to Whom? Estimating the Relative Contribution of Pharmacists and Primary Care Providers to Quality Measures. PQA Annual Meeting. Baltimore, MD. May 2019.
  • Urick BY, Farley JF. Patient Outcomes from Implementing an Enhanced Services Network in North Carolina Community Pharmacies. APhA Annual Meeting. Seattle, WA. March 2019.
  • Urick BY, Urmie JM. What difference does risk adjustment make? A comparison of risk adjusted and non-risk adjusted pharmacy quality scores. PQA Annual Meeting. Baltimore, MD. May 2017.
  • Urick BY. Evaluation of Thresholds for Attributing Patients to Pharmacies Using Prescription Claims. Members of the Pharmacy Quality Alliance. Webinar. August 2016.
  • Urick BY, Urmie JM, Doucette WR, McDonough RP. A Comprehensive Approach to Assess Changes in Third Party Reimbursement for a Single Community Pharmacy. APhA Annual Meeting Podium Session. Los Angeles, CA. March 2013.
  • Urick BY, Urmie JM. The Way Forward: A Model of Pharmacy Practice Policy Advancement. Midwest Social and Administrative Pharmacy Conference. West Lafayette, IN. August 2014.
  • Urick BY, Urmie JM, Doucette WR, McDonough RP. Estimation of Gross Margin for Prescriptions across a Sample of Payers at a Progressive Community Pharmacy Over Four Years. Midwest Social and Administrative Pharmacy Conference. Madison, WI. August 2012.

Publications

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  • Pharm.D., Drake University, 2011
  • Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Socioeconomics, University of Iowa, 2016
  • Graduate Certificate in College Teaching, 2015