PQA’s Lisa Hines Appointed to National Academy of Medicine’s Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic

Dr. Hines will serve on two working groups, providing expertise on prescribing guidelines and evidence standards

Alexandria, Va. (October 24, 2018) -- Lisa Hines, PharmD, the Pharmacy Quality Alliance’s (PQA) Senior Director of Measure Operations and Analytics, has been appointed to two working groups of the National Academy of Medicine’s Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic. Hines will serve on the “Prescribing Guidelines and Evidence Standards” and “Research, Data, and Metrics” working groups.

“PQA is providing important and timely tools to address the opioid epidemic with our performance measures to improve the safety of opioid prescribing,” Hines said. “I look forward to working with the diverse experts convened by the National Academy of Medicine to advance evidence-based, multi-sector solutions to reduce opioid misuse and improve outcomes for individuals and communities.”

PQA is a leading developer of consensus-based measures for medication safety, adherence, and appropriate use. PQA has developed an Opioid Core Measure set, which includes four opioid measures to evaluate patients with prescriptions for opioids at high-dosage, from multiple prescribers and pharmacies, or in combination with benzodiazepines. PQA currently is developing three measures, aligned with the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, to address initial opioid prescribing found to increase risk for opioid use disorder.

“PQA works with stakeholders across health care to support the safe and appropriate use of medication through quality measurement,” Laura Cranston, RPh, PQA Chief Executive Officer, said. “The National Academy of Medicine’s Action Collaborative is aligned with our efforts to address the opioid epidemic. Dr. Hines will be a tremendous partner in identifying system-wide solutions to the complex problems we face.”


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Contact: Richard Schmitz, PQA Senior Director of Communications, [email protected] or 703-347-7931