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Q&A with PQA Board Past Chair Jamie Chan

PQA’s Board of Directors represents a diverse group of thought leaders and experts in healthcare, who understand how medication optimization improves patient outcomes and supports a value-based care system. Their expertise helps PQA advance the safe and appropriate use of medicines. This blog is one in a series profiling PQA's Board members.

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Course Helps Providers, Payers Measure Quality to Improve HIV Medication Use

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a complex disease, and its prevention and treatment have progressed through scientific discoveries, clinical training, continuing education, and widespread public health campaigns. However, gaps in knowledge and practice remain, related to quality improvement and especially to medication use.

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Building a Value-Based Pharmacy Performance Program

The Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) continues to forge ahead with our work to develop a set of standard pharmacy performance measures that would be appropriate for use in value-based plan-pharmacy agreements. Over the past 3 years, we have convened and worked with a broad base of industry leaders to identify and vet pharmacy performance measures that meet the needs of pharmacies, payers, and patients—while balancing feasibility and probability for success.

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PQA and CPF Lead National Initiative to Prioritize Pharmacy Measure Concepts

Concepts Could Be Used in Payer-Pharmacy Value-Based Arrangements 

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The 2021 PQA Leadership Summit Reflections

One week ago today, PQA members gathered in person for the first time in two years for the 2021 PQA Leadership Summit. The energy, enthusiasm and engagement across this two-day meeting was incredible. It was my first PQA Leadership Summit, and the event reaffirmed my belief that PQA is unique in its collaborative spirit.  

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Five for Friday, November 12: Celebrating Success in Advancing Medication Use Quality

PQA offers a variety of student and post-graduate programs, including experiential rotations, internships and fellowships. Each is focused on providing healthcare quality experience to diverse individuals from diverse disciplines.

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Developing the Right Measures Begins with Effective Conceptualization

PQA follows a systematic, transparent and consensus-based development process to ensure that measures are important, scientifically acceptable, feasible and usable. This approach produces strong, consistent results, but it also takes time.  

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Five for Friday, October 15: Celebrating Success in Advancing Medication Use Quality

The fourth quarter every year is a busy time in PQA's measure development work. We're often nearing completion of new measures and planning for the next year, which includes creating or renewing development panels and finalizing the next edition of the PQA Measure Manual

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Five for Friday, October 29: Celebrating Success in Advancing Medication Use Quality

Collaboration is one of PQA's greatest attributes, and our measure development process is a prime example of how our diverse member  organizations reach consensus on evaluating medication use quality.

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The Importance of Medication Adherence in HIV Treatment and Prevention

Dave Hachey, PharmD, is one of PQA’s expert faculty for the new 3-hour continuing education course, Measuring Quality to Improve HIV Medication UseHachey is a Professor of Family Medicine at Idaho State University. He has more than 20 years of experience in the fields of HIV and family medicine, as well as more than 10 years of experience in hepatitis C management. In addition to discussing treatment and prevention modalities, Hachey outlines key indicators for the successful treatment of HIV 

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Quality Forum Review: Barriers to Care: A Pharmacy-Based Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Model

The PQA Quality Forum Webinar is a regular, recurring series on healthcare quality topics with a focus on medication use and medication services. It is a forum for educating and engaging with PQA members and quality-focused healthcare professionals.

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PQA’s APPE Rotation: Experience for Diversified Pharmacy Careers

PQA offers a competitive Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiential (APPE) Rotation for pharmacy students, which provides experiential learning opportunities in non-profit association management, medication use quality education, communications, research and performance measurement. PQA works with individual students to align their rotation experience with desired career goals and interests. Applications for the 2022-23 year are now being accepted. You can apply here. Visit our Student Programs page for more information. 

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Q&A with PQA Board Treasurer Anne Burns

PQA’s Board of Directors represents a diverse group of thought leaders and experts in healthcare, who understand how medication optimization improves patient outcomes and supports a value-based care system. Their expertise helps PQA advance the safe and appropriate use of medicines. This blog is one in a series profiling PQA's Board members.

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Five for Friday, October 1: Celebrating Success in Advancing Medication Use Quality

The PQA Leadership Summit is just six weeks away! You don't want to miss this dynamic, hands-on meeting that will shape PQA's strategic plan for the next four years. Our first in-person meeting in two years, this is a prime opportunity to reconnect with your fellow quality leaders and build new relationships. 

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Q&A with PQA Chief Engagement Officer Richard Schmitz

PQA’s talented staff is dedicated to improving medication safety, adherence and appropriate use. As experts in measure development, research, education and convening, they lead the implementation of PQA’s quality initiatives support better medication use and high-quality care. This blog is one in a series profiling PQA's staff.

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PQA-Supported Research Examines Cost Barriers to Medication Access and Adherence

The Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) developed the “Medication Access Framework for Quality Measurement”  to address the social determinants of health (SDOH) that hinder patient medication access and contribute to poor health outcomes. Released in March 2019, the framework identifies seven key areas patients encounter while accessing medications and the structural, financial and personal barriers patients face within each. Named the Medication Access Patient Journey (MAPJ), those seven areas are:

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PQA Accepting Applications for Student and Post-Graduate Programs for 2022-2023

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The Business Case: Paying to Addressing Social Determinants of Health

PQA hosted a November 2019 national forum, Caring for the Whole Patient, to showcase emerging best practices to address the social determinants of health (SDOH) and the role of pharmacists. Building on the forum and PQA’s other work, PQA is developing an SDOH Resource Guide and accepting contributions for the first edition through September 30. This is the final part of a three-part blog series revisiting the 2019 forum.

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Five for Friday, September 17: Celebrating Success in Advancing Medication Use Quality

PQA has developed a new, 3-hour continuing education (CE) course, “Measuring Quality to Improve HIV Medication Use.” The course can be taken independently or as part of PQA’s 15-hour Medication Use Quality online CE and certificate program. 

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Caring for the Whole Patient: Diverse Care Settings

PQA hosted a November 2019 national forum, Caring for the Whole Patient, to showcase emerging best practices to address the social determinants of health (SDOH) and the role of pharmacists. Building on the forum and PQA’s other work, PQA is developing an SDOH Resource Guide and accepting contributions for the first edition through September 30. This is the second of a three-part blog series revisiting the 2019 forum.

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