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Five for Friday February 23: Celebrating Success in Advancing Medication Use Quality

PQA is working with its members and the broader medication therapy management (MTM) community to build consensus on the research, measurement and strategies needed to evolve our national approach to evaluating MTM service quality.

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New Members Appointed to Serve on Education Advisory Council

As a healthcare quality educator, PQA offers a wide range of learning and education opportunities. The goal of our education programs is to promote the use and impact of PQA measures and advance the quality of medication use through research, strategic partnerships, collaboration and a variety of learning venues.

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Five for Friday February 9: Celebrating Success in Advancing Medication Use Quality

Join us as we head back to Baltimore for the 2024 PQA Annual Meeting, May 14-16! Registration is open, so make your plans now to join us and other quality professionals at the premier event for medication use quality.

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Persistence to Basal Insulin Association With Improved Health Outcomes

Insulin persistence is associated with positive health and economic outcomes, according to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Mississippi, the Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA), and Ohio Northern University, the results of which were published in Clinical Diabetes in December of 2023. The study highlights the promising applicability of a method to measure insulin persistence at the population level. This same method is the foundation for PQA’s Persistence to Basal Insulin (PST-INS) health plan performance measure.

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Five Actionable Insights for Successful SDOH Initiatives

There is tremendous momentum and a keen focus among PQA member organizations on addressing social determinants and social drivers of health (SDOH). SDOH impacts every aspect of care, including medication use, and the impact of unmet health-related social needs on patient access and use of care, outcomes, total cost of care, well-being and satisfaction is apparent and a priority to payers and providers.

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Five for Friday January 26: Celebrating Success in Advancing Medication Use Quality

PQA has released a third edition of the PQA Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) Resource Guide, which profiles 40 SDOH services, including eight new services and updates to 10 initiatives from the previous two editions.

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Q&A with PQA Chief Operating Officer Melissa Viscovich

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 January 12: Celebrating Success in Advancing Medication Use Quality

Save the date for the 2024 PQA Annual Meeting, May 14-16, in Baltimore, Md.

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Fourteen Individuals Participate in Inaugural PQA Quality Shadowing Program

To build a larger and more diverse quality workforce, the PQA Quality Shadowing Program provides individuals from diverse groups the opportunity to observe certain nomination-based panels to gain knowledge that can support selection for future panels. 

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PQA’s Top 5 Blogs of 2023

PQA has published more than 80 blogs this year, providing insights and updates on our work to improve medication use quality. As we close out 2023, here’s a look back at the top five blogs of the year.

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Highlighting the Achievements of 2023

As we near the end of 2023, it’s a great time to reflect on our accomplishments this year. Certainly, each year brings its share of opportunities and challenges, and I’m proud of our progress as an alliance.  

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Elevating Clinical Quality Assurance: The AI Advancement at MedWatchers

This guest blog is one in a series by sponsors of the 2023 PQA Leadership Summit on elevating clinical quality assurance. The views shared in this series are those of the author and do not reflect any PQA positions.

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PQA Appoints New Members to Serve on MUP and QMEP in 2024

PQA has appointed individuals from member organizations to serve on the 2024 PQA Measure Update Panel (MUP) and Quality Metrics Expert Panel (QMEP). 

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

PQA is working with its members and the broader medication therapy management (MTM) community to build consensus on the research, measurement and strategies needed to evolve our national approach to evaluating MTM service quality.

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Public Comment Sought: Draft Call to Action to Advance MTM Quality Measurement

PQA is working with its members and the broader medication therapy management (MTM) community to build consensus on the research, measurement and strategies needed to evolve our national approach to evaluating MTM service quality. 

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Diabetes Medications, Weight Loss Indications, and What It Means for Quality Measurement

Diabetes is a chronic health condition that affects how the body produces or uses insulin, the hormone that regulates blood sugar.1  In the US, 34.2 million adults have diabetes, and 1 in 5 are unaware of their diagnosis.2 Medication is a mainstay in diabetes treatment, and a wide variety of medication classes are used to manage the disease.  

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Diverse Voices in Quality: Sujith Ramachandran

Diverse Voices in Quality is a PQA blog series that showcases the successful career paths and experiences of medication use quality professionals from diverse groups at PQA member organizations. A part of PQA’s Diverse Quality Leaders Program, this series celebrates the achievements of our members who reflect our nation’s diversity and provides everyone with insights and inspiration for becoming a leader in quality.

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

PQA’s strategic plan, Blueprint PQA 2025, includes the vision of achieving organizational excellence through structure and processes that deliver exceptional value to our members and stakeholders.

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Quality Essentials Review: Strategies for Reducing Polypharmacy to Improve Medication Safety

The PQA Quality Essentials Webinar series 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 November 17: Celebrating Success in Advancing Medication Use Quality

Ten years ago, PQA established a Postdoctoral Executive Fellowship. The program has hosted 13 fellows, and everyone has successfully completed the program and moved into an important industry role, where they are leaders in pharmacy, medication services and quality improvement.

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