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Convene With PQA Members

PQA’s 2023 calendar is full of opportunities to engage in our work and advance the quality of medication use.  PQA meetings and convening events are just one example of how members can engage with the wide array of health care stakeholders from across our membership.

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2023 Outlook: Insights on Pharmacy, Medication Use and High-Quality, Value-Based Care

It’s a new year and there are several big things on the horizon to keep an eye on in pharmacy, medication use and high-quality, value-based care.

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Opportunities in 2023

PQA’s 2023 calendar is shaping up to be full of opportunities for members to engage in our work and advance the quality of medication use. PQA is building on the momentum we gained in 2022, and there will be many opportunities to engage in our:

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PQA's Top 5 Blogs of 2022

PQA has published nearly 90 blogs this year, providing insights and updates on our work to improve medication use quality. As we close out 2022, here’s a look back at the top five blogs of the year.

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Prioritizing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at PQA

PQA is dedicated to improving safe, effective and appropriate medication use and addressing issues that impact a person’s ability to access and use medications. Many of those issues are driven by inequities in our society and health care system.

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Pharmacy Measures and Policy Considerations for Pharmacy Practice

There are several important policy issues that could impact pharmacists’ ability to positively affect the quality of care for patients through the use of pharmacy performance measures.

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Value in Medication Use: The 2022 PQA Leadership Summit

What constitutes quality and value in medication use?

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PQA’s Plan to Improve Oral Anticancer Medication Use Quality

PQA, the Pharmacy Quality Alliance, is launching a national initiative to prioritize research and measurement strategies to improve the quality of care for individuals using oral anticancer medications (OAM). 

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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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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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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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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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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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Medication Adherence: High-Impact, Relevant Measures

Medication adherence quality measures are relevant and high-impact, according to PQA’s Ben Shirley, Melissa Castora-Binkley and Lisa Hines, whose Population Health Management point of view article was published online April 29.

They explain that adherence measures in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Part D Star Ratings have contributed to immense public health benefits and savings over the last decade. As the measures evolve to integrate new data sources and address equity, their value to the health system will continue. They are an excellent example of how evidence-based quality measures implemented into accountability programs with meaningful incentives can move the needle and improve population health. 

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Five For Friday, April 8: Celebrating Success in Advancing Medication Use Quality

The early registration deadline for the 2022 PQA Annual Meeting has been extended to next Friday, April 15! This extension includes the special PQA hotel rate.

The program is almost finalized. See our recent announcements on the speakers for: 

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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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PQA Annual Meeting Features Two Dozen Research Posters

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

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PQA Welcomes Seven 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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The Congressional Social Determinants of Health Caucus

Rice, Romania, rugby and rum. They each have their own congressional caucus. They are among more than 450 active caucuses, which provide visibility and advocacy for a variety of issues and policies. Caucuses date back to the 1880s but they have proliferated in recent decades. 

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