Five for Friday May 31: Celebrating Success in Advancing Medication Use Quality

More than 400 leaders from PQA member organizations attended the 2024 PQA Annual Meeting, May 14-16, to network, engage and gain actionable insights.

During the meeting, PQA presented eight Medicare plan contracts with a PQA Laura Cranston Excellence in Quality or Quality Improvement Award and awarded top posters from the 2024 PQA Annual Meeting Poster Session, sponsored by PQS. Learn more about the meeting below.

We also highlight some of our members' presentations at the meeting via coverage from Pharmacy Times. If you have news you'd like for us to spotlight in an upcoming Five For Friday, send us an email! 

-- Lisa Hines, PharmD, CPHQ, PQA Chief Quality and Innovation Officer  

Collaborating to Implement SDOH Programs   

A pilot program implemented by CPS Solutions, LLC, identified some best practices and recommendations for similar programs. Properly training staff and gaining stakeholder buy-in are crucial steps to successfully designing and launching a program to screen and address health-related social needs.

Highlighting Opportunities for Community Pharmacies   
As pharmacy programs increasingly shift toward value-based care models, there are new opportunities and strategies for community pharmacies to deliver screening, education, and referral interventions in patient care, according to UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy research. Medication non-adherence results in $100 billion each year in excess hospitalizations, highlighting a crucial role pharmacists can play.

Integrating Specialty Pharmacy to Address SDOH  
recently developed SDOH framework developed by clinicians at Shields Health Solutions demonstrates that health system specialty pharmacies (HSSPs) can have tailored, effective interventions. The framework was piloted at 4 health systems with 50 patients. The workflow involved 5 steps: engage, intervene, coordinate, enhance and renew. 

Quality Professionals Gather in Baltimore

The 2024 PQA Annual Meeting took place in Baltimore, Md., May 14-16, at the Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor. More than 400 leaders from PQA member organizations attended to network, engage and learn from more than 60 speakers.

These nationally leading speakers shared expert insights and best practices for improving medication use quality from every angle in the industry. Read more about these sessions.

Abstracts from the 2024 PQA Annual Meeting Poster Session, sponsored by PQS, are in the July-August 2024 issue of the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association

Thank you to our sponsors, including Platinum sponsors Pfizer, PQS and Outcomes and Gold sponsors Centene Corporation, Humana and MedWatchers, whose support made this meeting possible.


Your Next Engagement Opportunities

Network, Learn and Collaborate with PQA

  • PQA's 2nd Quarter 2024 Stakeholder Advisory Meeting is June 5, 1-1:30 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. Register today.

  • Stay up to date on everything happening at PQA! Sign up to receive updates from PQA, including announcements, webinar and event registration, and regular newsletters. Plus, connect with Micah Cost and follow Pharmacy Quality Alliance on LinkedIn for regular insights on quality medication use.

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