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Five For Friday, October 7: Celebrating Success in Advancing Medication Use Quality

Collaboration is one of PQA's greatest attributes, and our measure development process is the embodiment of how our diverse member organizations reach consensus on evaluating medication use quality. The public comment period is an important part of our systematic and transparent consensus-based process

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PQA is Soliciting Feedback on Health Plan PDC Composite Measure

The Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) has developed a new health plan performance measure focused on medication adherence, Proportion of Days Covered Composite (PDC-CMP). PQA is actively soliciting feedback on this measure via a public comment period which opened on October 3 and will close on October 24, 2022. Stakeholders are invited to provide comments  

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PQA Welcomes Five 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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Food Security: PQA’s Commitment to Addressing Disparities and this Critical Social Determinant of Health that Impacts Medication Use Quality

Social determinants of health (SDOH) are a priority for PQA because, in addition to traditional care, issues like medication cost, literacy, transportation and food security impact a person’s ability to access medications and use them safely and effectively. 

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PQA Appoints 15 Individuals to Serve on COPD Treatment Ratio TEP

PQA has appointed 15 individuals from member organizations to serve on a technical expert panel (TEP) to review and provide input on draft specification for a health plan performance measure concept: COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) Treatment Ratio (CTR). 

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Five For Friday, September 23: Celebrating Success in Advancing Medication Use Quality

PQA offers a variety of student and professional 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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PQA's APPE Rotation: Experiential Learning for Pharmacy Students

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 2023-24 year are now being accepted. You can apply here. Visit our Student Programs page for more information. 

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Quality Forum Review: The Essential Role of Pharmacist in Transitions of Care

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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Five For Friday, September 9: Celebrating Success in Advancing Medication Use Quality

PQA has been busy this year advancing the quality of medication use through measure development and stewardship, education, research and convening. Thank you for your engagement and participation in our work that supports better medication use and high-quality care. 

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What’s New in CMS Quality Programs

The 2022 PQA Annual Meeting hosted a general session to discuss recent changes across Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) quality programs and future implications.   

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Quality Forum Review: Impacting Patient Outcomes Through Pharmacist-Led Virtual Care 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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RAND Technical Expert Panel Explores Measure Concepts for Medicare Advantage and Part D VBAs 

RAND convened a technical expert panel (TEP) in February 2022 to gather input about potentially developing a measure to capture value-based care arrangements (VBAs) that Medicare Advantage (MA) organizations have with contracted providers. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) could consider including such a measure in future MA and Part D Star Ratings.  

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Q&A with PQA Senior Research Scientist Megha Parikh

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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Five For Friday, August 26: Celebrating Success in Advancing Medication Use Quality

PQA has begun developing a health plan performance measure for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD is a high-burden and expensive condition, so ensuring effective, high-quality treatment is a priority for patients and those who care for them. 

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PQA Developing Health Plan Measure for COPD Treatment Ratio

PQA, the Pharmacy Quality Alliance, has begun developing a health plan performance measure for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). 

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Plenty to Celebrate in 2022

As the summer winds down, we are quickly approaching the end of 2022. PQA has been busy this year, in collaboration with our members, advancing the quality of medication use through measure development and stewardship, education, research and convening. 

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Quality Essentials Review: PQA Statin Use Measures

The PQA Quality Essentials Webinar provides education on the fundamentals of quality measurement, which is important for effective measure implementation and performance, and information about where and how PQA quality measures are used.  

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Five For Friday, August 12: Celebrating Success in Advancing Medication Use Quality

We are excited to announce that we will be open registration for the 2022 PQA Leadership Summit later this month. This year's summit will take place November 10-11 in Arlington, Va., and explore quality and value in medication use from patient, provider, purchaser, payer and industry perspectives.

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Measure Stewardship with Expert Input and Consensus-Based Process

PQA follows a systematic, transparent and consensus-based development process to ensure that measures are important, scientifically acceptable, feasible and usable. However, the measurement lifecycle does not end when a measure is endorsed.  

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The Evolution of EQUIPP®

This guest blog is one in a series by sponsors of the 2022 PQA Annual Meeting on the utilization of the EQUIPP platform to promote performance improvement on medication-related quality measures while engaging transparency between health plans and pharmacies. The views shared in this series are those of the author and do not reflect any PQA positions.

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