Convening to Advance MTM Service Quality Measurement

Registration has opened forPQA Convenes: Advancing Medication Therapy Management Quality Measurement,” which will take place on Thursday, November 2 in Arlington, Va. This invite-only event will bring together PQA members and industry experts to discuss the state of medication therapy management (MTM) practice, implications of recent Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)proposals and opportunities to evolve MTM quality measurement. 

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Five for Friday September 22: Celebrating Success in Advancing Medication Use Quality

This has been an exciting year for PQA! We continue to play a central role in driving meaningful improvements and positive changes related to medication safety, adherence and appropriate use.

The 2023 PQA Annual Report documents our progress towards Blueprint PQA 2025. It is a collection of accomplishments from September 2022 to August 2023 and captures the efforts of our members and staff over the past 12 months. There are still numerous opportunities to be involved with PQA and impact quality medication use in 2023. Learn more about these opportunities and accomplishments below..

We also highlight our members' perspectives on diversity and accessibility in clinical trials, improving adherence, and adherence to multiple sclerosis medications. If you have news you'd like for us to spotlight in an upcoming Five For Friday, send us an email! 



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The Medication Use Quality Certificate is Available for All Knowledge Levels

PQA has released the entire Medication Use Quality continuing education program and Medication Use Quality Certificate, which is a fully updated version of the program that was initially released in 2020.

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PQA Seeks Pharmacy and Payer Partners for Adult Immunization Pilots

The Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) seeks interested pharmacy and payer partners to participate in proof-of-concept pilots to implement and test high priority immunization pharmacy measure concepts.

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Five for Friday September 8: Celebrating Success in Advancing Medication Use Quality

Last week, PQA released an important report, Recommendations to Improve the Quality of Oral Anticancer Medication Use, which we believe is a key step towards improving the quality of care of individuals using oral anticancer medications (OAM).

The uniqueness of OAMs, including complex treatment regimens, variable dosing schedules, and temporary and intentional discontinuation of therapy, present distinct challenges to accurately defining and measuring adherence and persistence. PQA will use our research and measurement expertise to explore OAM adherence or persistence methodologies to inform potential development of a health plan measure. Learn more about this report below.

We also highlight our members' perspectives on research partnerships, access to CGM services, and supporting education and adherence. If you have news you'd like for us to spotlight in an upcoming Five For Friday, send us an email! 



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Top of the 7th for 2023

At PQA, you may have noticed that we appreciate sports analogies. Earlier this summer, PQA CEO Micah Cost discussed what baseball and quality measures have in common. In keeping with the baseball theme, PQA is entering the top of the 7th for 2023, and there is still plenty of time for members to get in the game.

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Building Consensus on Priorities for Improving Oncology Quality Measurement

PQA released today an important report that we believe is a key step towards improving the quality of care for individuals using oral anticancer medications (OAM). 

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PQA-Convened Experts and Patients Prioritize Opportunities to Improve Cancer Care Quality

Recommendations to Improve the Quality of Oral Anticancer Medication Use is a new report from the PQA Quality Innovation and Research Initiative for Oncology. It shares the consensus-based recommendations of 23 national experts and patients, who were convened by PQA, to prioritize opportunities for improving the quality of oral anticancer medication (OAM) use. 

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Five for Friday August 25: Celebrating Success in Advancing Medication Use Quality

We are excited to announce that registration has opened for the 2023 PQA Leadership Summit and PQA Convenes: Advancing Medication Therapy Management Quality Measurement.

This year’s summit will focus on measure modernization and PQA’s role in the national effort to advance and align measures across providers and value-based programs. This PQA Convenes event is part of a national initiative to advance medication therapy management (MTM) quality measurement and other strategies to evaluate MTM services. Learn more about these events below.

We also highlight our members' perspectives on team-based care, value-based arrangements and pharmacists' role as providers. If you have news you'd like for us to spotlight in an upcoming Five For Friday, send us an email! 



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Quality Forum Review: Exploring Food and Nutrition Security’s Impact on 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 Welcomes Two New Fellows for 2023-24 Program Year

The PQA Postdoctoral Executive Fellowship helps produce the next generation of leaders in health care quality through a full-time, 12-month program. Executive Fellows collaborate with PQA staff, members and other stakeholders on a variety of initiatives to improve medication use quality. During the fellowship, individuals will expand their skills and experience in project management, quality measure design and implementation, non-profit administration and association management, and health care quality research. 

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New Look for PQA Webinars

PQA's webinars have a new look! Throughout the year, PQA provides various education opportunities to promote the use and impact of PQA measures and advance the quality of medication use. With a focus on new developments and best practices, our goal is to help quality-focused healthcare professionals in a variety of practice settings expand their knowledge and skills. PQA hosts four different webinar series to provide targeted education on a variety of topics. Each of our four webinars has a distinct purpose, and we are excited to showcase the new logo for each series. Below you'll find information on each series and how you can take advantage to advance your knowledge and expertise. 

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Build Expertise in Calculating Measures

Foundational information on the structure of measure specifications and value sets is valuable for users of quality measures, accountable entities, or those learning about the basics of measure calculation. PQA’s Medication Use Quality continuing education program course, “Building Expertise in Calculating Measures,provides a detailed overview of topics essential to calculating quality measures, such as reading a measure specification, calculating the eligible population (denominator), calculating the numerator, and understanding value sets. 

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Five for Friday August 11: Celebrating Success in Advancing Medication Use Quality

PQA has several exciting opportunities for members to engage in our work in the coming months.

Chris Kotschevar and I will be in San Diego next week for the NACDS Total Store Expo and would love to connect with our members there. Learn more about our commitment to standardized pharmacy measures below and how you can connect with us next week!

We also highlight our members' perspectives on immunizations, community healthcare providers and patient experience. If you have news you'd like for us to spotlight in an upcoming Five For Friday, send us an email! 



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Five for Friday July 28: Celebrating Success in Advancing Medication Use Quality

Medication therapy management (MTM) is an important tool to help patients get the best results from the medications they’re taking.

However, as our health care system shifts toward patient-centered and value-based care models, there is a need to advance how we evaluate the quality of MTM services. This can support the broader implementation of standardized best practices and payment that rewards positive outcomes.

PQA has launched a national initiative to advance MTM quality measurement. A key part of this effort is a November 2 PQA Convenes event will will host. Learn more below.

We also highlight our members' perspectives on diabetes care, achieving the quintuple aim and transforming pharmacy care. If you have news you'd like for us to spotlight in an upcoming Five For Friday, send us an email! 





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Aiming for the Next Generation of MTM Quality Measures

PQA has launched the PQA Quality Innovation and Research Initiative to Advance Medication Therapy Management Quality Measurement – a national initiative to advance medication therapy management (MTM) quality measurement and other strategies to evaluate MTM services.

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Building a Quality Improvement Foundation

Creating a quality improvement plan can seem daunting to many, but it is vital for value-based care and improved patient quality. PQA’s Medication Use Quality continuing education program course, "Quality Improvement Foundation," was designed to provide realistic approaches to implementing a quality improvement plan in a variety of settings.

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

The 2023 MLB All-Star Game was this week. It's an annual showcase featuring the most talented individuals who step onto the diamond every day. All-Stars have to be at the top of their game across the entire first half of the season. Getting six hits in your first 10 at-bats won’t make you an All-Star, but consistently performing at a high level over time sure will.

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Special Topics Impacting Quality

Health information technology and public policy are two topics in health care that are continually evolving, as is their impact on medication use quality. With those factors in mind, the next Medication Use Quality continuing education program course, "Special Topics Impacting Quality," will provide a framework to understand each topic and resources to locate additional information. This framework will give learners the knowledge to understand those impacts on an ongoing basis.

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Five for Friday June 30: Celebrating Success in Advancing Medication Use Quality

PQA is once again preparing to expand the PQA Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) Resource GuideAs we work to develop the third edition we are seeking new initiatives and feedback on how our members and other quality stakeholders have used the guide.

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