R. Mathew Hosford, RPh Vice President and Chief Pharmacy Officer
A native of Wales, United Kingdom, Matt Hosford received his pharmacy degree from Drake University and has been a registered pharmacist in the State of Iowa since 1996.
Hosford is vice president and chief pharmacy officer, and leads the clinical and operational facets of the Wellmark pharmacy program. That position includes serving as the chair of Wellmark's Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, which is responsible for guiding clinical decisions that are the foundations of a diverse pharmacy product portfolio. Additionally, Hosford oversees vendors and utilization management programs in order to successfully contain rising drug costs. Matt has served in various roles within the pharmacy department since joining Wellmark in 2007.
Hosford has more than 15 years of experience in pharmacy benefit management and has served in an account management role with First Health Services, a Coventry HealthCare Company, where he was responsible for the implementation of pharmacy benefit management programs for various state Medicaid programs. Hosford also served as the director for medical affairs for AdvancePCS (now CVS Caremark) where he was responsible for formulary management and drug utilization review programs for more than 78 million covered members.
Hosford is a veteran of the U.S. Army Reserve where he most recently served as a combat support officer and a company commander. Hosford was twice awarded the Bronze Star and a Combat Action Badge for his service during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Hosford is currently serving a four-year term as a commissioner on the Iowa Civil Rights Commission and was awarded the 2017 Drake Alumni Achievement Award. In addition, he is a member of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association National Council of Physician and Pharmacist Executives, the American Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy and the Iowa Pharmacist's Association.