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Procurement and Use of Social Determinants of Health Among Healthcare Stakeholders

Healthcare providers increasingly recognize the importance of social determinants of health (SDOH). PQA is exploring the role of pharmacists and pharmacy services in addressing patients’ SDOH, including SDOH screenings and additional services that address barriers to medication access and increase medication adherence. Although there is a growing focus on SDOH in healthcare, there is little information on how organizations collect and use SDOH data to support patient care and outcomes.  

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Five For Friday, June 17: Celebrating Success in Advancing Medication Use Quality

This past January, PQA published the first edition of the PQA Social Determinants of Health Resource Guide. The guide features 20 real-world SDOH services that are promising for improving the quality and safety of medication use.

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Q&A with Aeja Jackson, Postdoctoral Fellow in Real World Evidence, Population Health, and Quality Research

PQA, the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and Janssen Scientific Affairs have collaborated to jointly host a "Postdoctoral Fellowship in Real World Evidence, Population Health, and Quality Research." The two-year fellowship aims to prepare an individual for a career in healthcare quality-related outcomes research. 

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Five For Friday, June 3: Celebrating Success in Advancing Medication Use Quality

Pharmacists and pharmacy teams are an essential part of the health care delivery system. As pharmacies expand patient services, they need tools to demonstrate their value.

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Developing PQA Measures Through Public Comment and Endorsement

PQA follows a systematic, transparent and consensus-based developmentprocess 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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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 Mel Nelson and DeBran Tarver on Evaluating CMR Services

A comprehensive medication review (CMR) is a medication therapy management (MTM) service designed to systematically collect and assess patient medication information and identify medication therapy problems (MTPs) to develop a care plan for resolution. To ensure Medicare Part D plans are actively engaging in annual CMRs, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) added the PQA measure, Completion Rate for CMR, to the Medicare Part D Star Ratings Program. This measure assesses the annual percentage of completed CMRs for eligible beneficiaries.  

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Five For Friday, May 20: Celebrating Success in Advancing Medication Use Quality

In a new Population Health Management article, PQA’s Melissa Castora-Binkley, Lisa Hines and I explain how medication adherence quality measures are relevant and high-impact.

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Q&A with PQA Senior Director of Performance Measurement Rachel Digmann

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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Top Posters at the PQA Annual Meeting

The 2022 PQA Annual Meeting poster session featured 24 quality improvement and research projects. Sponsored by Pharmacy Quality Solutions, the session provided an opportunity for authors to showcase their work and for attendees to engage in insightful dialogue about health care quality.  

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Patients and Pharmacists Addressing Social Determinants of Health Together

Although many pharmacists have partnered with public health entities and providers to address and improve challenges associated with social determinants of health (SDOH), there has not been a pharmacy screening tool developed with patient input.  

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PQA Appoints 17 Individuals to Serve on Health Plan PDC Composite Measure TEP

PQA has appointed 17 individuals from member organizations to serve on a technical expert panel (TEP) to review and provide input on draft specifications for a health plan measure concept: Proportion of Days Covered (PDC) Composite. 

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Five For Friday, April 22: Celebrating Success in Advancing Medication Use Quality

We are less than two weeks away from the 2022 PQA Annual Meeting in Baltimore! I look forward to connecting with you in-person and discussing our shared goals to advance medication use quality.

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Developing Measures with Expert Input and Comprehensive Testing

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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Quality Essentials Review: PQA Adherence 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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Quality Forum Review: The 2021 Trend Report in Pharmacy Quality

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 Education Resources

PQA’s education programs provide health care quality professionals with the knowledge, training and resources needed to improve patient outcomes through safe and appropriate medication use. With an emphasis on new developments and best practices, PQA programs promote the use and impact of PQA measures and initiatives that support better medication use and high-quality, value-based care. 

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Q&A with PQA Director of Education Amanda Ryan

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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Get Engaged with PQA

PQA, the Pharmacy Quality Alliance, is a member-driven organization.  

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PQA Annual Meeting: Quality Emerges from the Pandemic, Focused on Access and Equity

Open to all health care professionals, the PQA meeting is a top forum for learning best practices and emerging trends in medication services, pharmacist-provided care and quality improvement initiatives.

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