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

In December, PQA members endorsed a new composite pharmacy adherence measure that is a major step forward in our work to develop standard pharmacy performance measures focused on improving patient care.  

 

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Quality Forum Review: Introducing the PQA SDOH Resource Guide

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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Q&A with Nadia Krigger, PQA MPH Practicum Program Participant

Nadia Krigger, a Master of Public Health candidate at New York University participated in the PQA MPH Practicum Program during the Fall 2021 semester. Krigger has a background in biological and analytical research and her interests include infectious disease research and health policy. While at PQA, she supported development of a manuscript on the empirical validity of PQA’s opioid measures. She recently shared insights on her time with PQA and the value of a medication use quality-focused practicum for MPH students.

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PQA Offers Experiential Learning Opportunities for Students of Public Health

Public health encompasses a wide range of efforts related to promoting and protecting the health of people and communities. PQA’s mission is directly aligned with public health in that we seek to optimize health by advancing the quality of medication use. To do this, PQA has four main areas of focus: quality measure development, quality education, research, and convening. These areas provide an opportunity for students pursuing a master's degree in public health seeking field experience through our MPH Practicum Program  

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Quality Forum Review: Forging Patient Connections: How Evidence-Based Technologies Are Expanding Access and Adherence

The PQA Quality Forum Webinar is a recurring series on healthcare quality topics with a focus on medication use and medication services. The quality forum creates an opportunity for education and engagement with PQA members and quality-focused healthcare professionals.  

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

The 2022 PQA Annual Meeting takes place May 3-5 in Baltimore. This will be our first in-person annual meeting in three years. It is our time to reconnect, learn, network and engage in our shared effort to advance healthcare quality.

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Q&A with Richard Schmitz on PQA’s New SDOH Resource Guide

PQA has created a new Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) Resource Guide that profiles real-world SDOH services that are promising for improving the quality and safety of medication use with a focus on screenings, referrals and interventions conducted by or involving pharmacists or pharmacies. Richard Schmitz, PQA’s Chief Engagement Officer, provides insights on the guide, it’s origins and what’s next in this Q&A blog.

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

PQA published yesterday our first Social Determinants of Health Resource Guide. It is the first resource guide that catalogues pharmacist and pharmacy-centered SDOH services. It is designed to provide health care professionals with ideas and examples of SDOH services they can implement in many different settings and adapt to their communities’ specific needs.
The guide profiles 20 real-world SDOH services that are promising for improving the quality and safety of medication use and covers services that address at least one of seven SDOH barriers. Learn more about the guide below.
This week, we also are highlighting our members' work and insights on vaccine distribution, improving health equity and the 2021 Industry Trend Report in Pharmacy Quality. If you have work you'd like for us to spotlight in an upcoming Five For Friday, send us an email! 

 

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Q&A with PQA Board Member Ronna Hauser

PQA’s Board of Directors represents a diverse group of thought leaders and experts in healthcare, who understand how medication optimization improves patient outcomes and supports a value-based care system. Their expertise helps PQA advance the safe and appropriate use of medicines. This blog is one in a series profiling PQA's Board members.  

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PQA’s Top 5 Blogs of 2021

PQA has published nearly 80 blogs this year, providing insights and updates on our work to improve medication use quality. As we close out 2021, here’s a look back at the top five blogs of the year. 

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2021: A Year of Milestones

Amidst an incredibly uncertain time in our world’s history, 2021 will stand out as a year of milestones. This year, we witnessed the successful deployment of several mRNA vaccines and development of therapeutics to assist in the fight against COVID-19. This effort was one of the most extraordinary feats of expedited scientific discovery and innovation ever experienced. 

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Q&A with PQA Senior Director of Quality Innovation Lynn Pezzullo

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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Quality Forum Review: Statewide Collaboration Across Practice Settings to Improve Value-Based Care Outcomes

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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Adapting PQA’s Claims-Based Opioid Quality Measures to PDMP Data

Prescription opioid-related deaths are one of the leading preventable public health problems. High-risk prescribing practices have contributed to the opioid overdose epidemic. These include overlapping opioid and benzodiazepine prescriptions, prescribing high-dose opioids and using multiple prescribers or pharmacies for opioid prescriptions. 

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Quality Forum Review: Integrating Pharmacists in Value-Based Programs to Improve Performance on PQA Measures

The PQA Quality Forum Webinar is a recurring series on healthcare quality topics which focus on medication use and medication services. The quality forum creates an opportunity for education and engagement with PQA members and quality-focused healthcare professionals. 

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Five for Friday, December 10: Celebrating Success in Advancing Medication Use Quality

PQA members are currently voting on three measures up for endorsement and two up for retirement.

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Q&A with PQA Board Member Troy Trygstad

PQA’s Board of Directors represents a diverse group of thought leaders and experts in healthcare, who understand how medication optimization improves patient outcomes and supports a value-based care system. Their expertise helps PQA advance the safe and appropriate use of medicines. This blog is one in a series profiling PQA's Board members. 

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PQA Offers New CE Course on HIV Medication Use Quality

The Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) has developed a 3-hour online continuing education (CE) course on “Measuring Quality to Improve HIV Medication Use.” Launched September 8, the course complements CE and training programs that are focused on clinical practice.

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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 PQA Board Past Chair Jamie Chan

PQA’s Board of Directors represents a diverse group of thought leaders and experts in healthcare, who understand how medication optimization improves patient outcomes and supports a value-based care system. Their expertise helps PQA advance the safe and appropriate use of medicines. This blog is one in a series profiling PQA's Board members.

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