Five for Friday, January 14: Celebrating Success in Advancing Medication Use Quality

PQA published yesterday our first Social Determinants of Health Resource Guide. It is the first resource guide that catalogues pharmacist and pharmacy-centered SDOH services. It is designed to provide health care professionals with ideas and examples of SDOH services they can implement in many different settings and adapt to their communities’ specific needs.
The guide profiles 20 real-world SDOH services that are promising for improving the quality and safety of medication use and covers services that address at least one of seven SDOH barriers. Learn more about the guide below.
This week, we also are highlighting our members' work and insights on vaccine distribution, improving health equity and the 2021 Industry Trend Report in Pharmacy Quality. If you have work you'd like for us to spotlight in an upcoming Five For Friday, send us an email! 

 

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Q&A with PQA Board Member Ronna Hauser

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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PQA’s Top 5 Blogs of 2021

PQA has published nearly 80 blogs this year, providing insights and updates on our work to improve medication use quality. As we close out 2021, here’s a look back at the top five blogs of the year. 

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2021: A Year of Milestones

Amidst an incredibly uncertain time in our world’s history, 2021 will stand out as a year of milestones. This year, we witnessed the successful deployment of several mRNA vaccines and development of therapeutics to assist in the fight against COVID-19. This effort was one of the most extraordinary feats of expedited scientific discovery and innovation ever experienced. 

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Q&A with PQA Senior Director of Quality Innovation Lynn Pezzullo

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 to support better medication use and high-quality care. This blog is one in a series profiling PQA's staff. 

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Quality Forum Review: Statewide Collaboration Across Practice Settings to Improve Value-Based Care Outcomes

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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Adapting PQA’s Claims-Based Opioid Quality Measures to PDMP Data

Prescription opioid-related deaths are one of the leading preventable public health problems. High-risk prescribing practices have contributed to the opioid overdose epidemic. These include overlapping opioid and benzodiazepine prescriptions, prescribing high-dose opioids and using multiple prescribers or pharmacies for opioid prescriptions. 

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Quality Forum Review: Integrating Pharmacists in Value-Based Programs to Improve Performance on PQA Measures

The PQA Quality Forum Webinar is a recurring series on healthcare quality topics which focus on medication use and medication services. The quality forum creates an opportunity for education and engagement with PQA members and quality-focused healthcare professionals. 

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Five for Friday, December 10: Celebrating Success in Advancing Medication Use Quality

PQA members are currently voting on three measures up for endorsement and two up for retirement.

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Q&A with PQA Board Member Troy Trygstad

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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PQA Offers New CE Course on HIV Medication Use Quality

The Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) has developed a 3-hour online continuing education (CE) course on “Measuring Quality to Improve HIV Medication Use.” Launched September 8, the course complements CE and training programs that are focused on clinical practice.

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PQA Welcomes Four New Members

PQA is a non-profit organization with 250 diverse members across healthcare. Our members include community and specialty pharmacy organizations, pharmacists and other healthcare providers, pharmacies, health plans, pharmacy benefit managers, life sciences, technology vendors, government agencies, health information technology partners, researchers, accrediting organizations and academia.

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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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