Helping Patients Behind the Scenes
July 26, 2018 | Express Scripts
Taras S. is a staff accountant working at Accredo, Express Scripts’ specialty pharmacy.
I started my college career at the University of Missouri – Kansas City with the intention of getting into the pharmacy industry, where I could pursue a people-focused career. However, I wasn’t a huge fan of the advanced science courses required. So, I transferred to Missouri State University to pursue a degree in accounting.
Accounting was a much more natural fit; I had always been good with numbers and I knew that having a degree in accounting would broaden my opportunities in the corporate world. However, I have also always had a passion for helping people, so I wanted to find a way to use numbers to make a difference. That’s how I made my way to Express Scripts; the innovative work we do to make healthcare more affordable fulfilled my hunger to make a difference.
I applied for a staff accountant position with Accredo, an Express Scripts subsidiary, in August 2017, which married my background in finance with my passion for helping people. During the application process, my interviewers were sincere and very welcoming; I knew I could find a home in the organization. I received my offer in September and started at Express Scripts shortly after.
Making a Difference
Since September, I’ve spent a lot of my time overseeing drug manufacturer invoices; we have to make sure the manufacturers get paid so our specialty patients can get the medicine they need. It’s a good feeling knowing we help people with challenging conditions live more comfortably.
More recently, I’ve been working on invoices for hemophilia patients. Hemophilia is a genetic condition that keeps blood from clotting properly. There are fewer than 200,000 cases per year in the United States and the disorder mostly impacts children and young adults. Before working on these invoices, my knowledge of the disease was limited. But since learning more about hemophilia, I’ve come to realize how impactful the work I do behind the scenes is for patients.
Finding a Home at Express Scripts
Outside of work, I love going to the gym and staying healthy. I’m also pursuing an MBA with an emphasis in information systems at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. I’m grateful that I’m able to further my education while working full time and I plan to apply for Express Scripts’ tuition reimbursement program, which will help further mitigate the cost of my education.
I found that my initial impressions of the warm, friendly culture at Express Scripts were spot on when I started work. Everyone I’ve met is friendly and cares about the work we do as well as their coworkers. My team, in particular, is extremely helpful and supportive; they’re the reason I stay. I’m thankful that I’m able to work with incredible people to help our patients every day.
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