Five for Friday May 16: Celebrating Success in Advancing Medication Use Quality

PQA will host an all-member webinar on Thursday, May 30, from 1:00-1:30 p.m. ET, to discuss one health plan performance measure that is being considered for retirement: Use of Opioids from Multiple Providers in Persons Without Cancer (OMP).

PQA staff will review and respond to themes from the recent public comment period and address questions. This member-only webinar will precede the member voting period, May 30-June 14, 2024, on one existing measures for retirement consideration. Learn more about our measure development process below.

We also highlight our members' perspectives on out-of-pocket costs, reducing adverse events and pharmacy transformation. If you have news you'd like for us to spotlight in an upcoming Five For Friday, send us an email! 

-- Ben Shirley, CPHQ, PQA Senior Director, Performance Measurement 

Expanding the Catalog of Out-of-Pocket   

Out-of-pocket (OOP) health care expenditures in the United States have increased significantly in the past 5 decades. A systematic literature review from Real Chemistry and Merck identified and categorized the multitude of OOP costs to patients and unpaid caregivers. The findings frame the concept of affordability from the patient perspective and show the variety of approaches that researchers are taking to conceptualize and quantify OOP costs.

Collaborating to Reduce Adverse Events   
Vanderbilt University Medical Center Pharmacy and AstraZeneca collaborated to develop a tailored monitoring strategy, where patients are called at specific times when its anticipated they're at high risk for adverse medication events. The strategy leverages the manufacturer's knowledge of the medication and the pharmacist's expertise in patient engagement and experience.

Creating the Pharmacy of the Future  
The National Association of Chain Drug Stores elected Walmart's Kevin Host as its chair during the NACDS Annual Meeting. Host said that "pharmacies are well positioned to create transformational experiences over transactional experiences." Pharmacists, armed with their vast clinical knowledge, are actively involved in patient care offering services, and the industry is creating "the next generation of pharmacies, where technology and personalized care intersect." 

PQA's Measure Development Process

PQA's member-driven process sets it apart in measure development and stewardship. PQA members have a unique and important opportunity to inform the development of all PQA measures from beginning to end, culminating in a vote for endorsement and retirement consideration.

Read more about PQA's systematic and transparent consensus-based process

Visit the Member Resource Library to see comments from the recent public comment period for one health plan performance measure being considered for retirement.


Your Next Engagement Opportunities

Network, Learn and Collaborate with PQA

  • The PQA All-Member Webinar is Thursday, May 30, from 1:00-1:45 p.m. ET. PQA staff will discuss the measure being considered for retirement and address questions. This webinar precedes the April 8 - 26 member voting period.  The registration link is in the Member Resources Library

  • PQA's 2nd Quarter 2024 Stakeholder Advisory Meeting is June 5, 1:00-1:30 pm ET. PQA SAMs are members-only events that are held quarterly to share current and relevant measure development and maintenance updates. The registration link is in the Member Resources Library.

  • Save the date for PQA's next Quality Forum Webinar on Thursday, July 18, 1-2 pm ET. The PQA Quality Forum Webinar is a regular, recurring series on best practices and emerging trends in medication use quality, medication services and other initiatives that can improve health care quality.

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