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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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Quality Forum Review: Impacting Patient Outcomes Through Pharmacist-Led Virtual Care Model

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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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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Q&A with PQA Senior Research Scientist Megha Parikh

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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Five For Friday, August 26: Celebrating Success in Advancing Medication Use Quality

PQA has begun developing a health plan performance measure for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD is a high-burden and expensive condition, so ensuring effective, high-quality treatment is a priority for patients and those who care for them. 

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PQA Developing Health Plan Measure for COPD Treatment Ratio

PQA, the Pharmacy Quality Alliance, has begun developing a health plan performance measure for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). 

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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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Quality Essentials Review: PQA Statin Use Measures

The PQA Quality Essentials Webinar provides education on the fundamentals of quality measurement, which is important for effective measure implementation and performance, and information about where and how PQA quality measures are used.  

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Five For Friday, August 12: Celebrating Success in Advancing Medication Use Quality

We are excited to announce that we will be open registration for the 2022 PQA Leadership Summit later this month. This year's summit will take place November 10-11 in Arlington, Va., and explore quality and value in medication use from patient, provider, purchaser, payer and industry perspectives.

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Measure Stewardship with Expert Input and Consensus-Based Process

PQA follows a systematic, transparent and consensus-based development process to ensure that measures are important, scientifically acceptable, feasible and usable. However, the measurement lifecycle does not end when a measure is endorsed.  

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The Evolution of EQUIPP®

This guest blog is one in a series by sponsors of the 2022 PQA Annual Meeting on the utilization of the EQUIPP platform to promote performance improvement on medication-related quality measures while engaging transparency between health plans and pharmacies. The views shared in this series are those of the author and do not reflect any PQA positions.

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Understanding PQA Measures

Quality measures are standards for measuring the performance of health care providers to care for patients and populations. PQA develops and stewards measures focused on medication use. 

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Five For Friday, July 29: Celebrating Success in Advancing Medication Use Quality

Recently published research conducted by the National Pharmaceutical Council, PQA and the University of Rhode Island measured the impact of patient nonadherence to oral anticancer medications. The study findings have been published in the Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy.

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Q&A with Razanne Oueini and Jasmine Perry

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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Predictors of Adherence to Oral Anticancer Medications: The Impact of Out-of-Pocket Costs

Biopharmaceutical innovation has led to an increase in the availability of oral medications to treat cancer. Oral anticancer medications (OAMs) are much more convenient for patients and avoid the inconvenience and administration costs of having to receive treatment at a doctor’s office or outpatient infusion center, allowing patients to self-administer oral medication at home One challenge with OAMs however is nonadherence.  Research has shown that almost half of patients on OAMs do not take their medications as prescribed.  

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Q&A with PQA Board Vice-Chair Michael Taday

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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Five For Friday, July 15: Celebrating Success in Advancing Medication Use Quality

Each month PQA hosts a Quality Forum Webinar which focuses 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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Summer Students Build Medication Use Quality Knowledge

PQA provides healthcare quality experience to students from a wide variety of disciplines. This summer, we are hosting three students through our PQA Summer Executive Internship sponsored by Pharmacy Quality Solutions and MPH practicum program.

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Adherence Solutions for Patients Living With or at Risk for HIV

This guest blog is one in a series by sponsors of the 2022 PQA Annual Meeting on the application of measures into daily practice. The views shared in this series are those of the author and do not reflect any PQA positions

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Five For Friday, July 1: Celebrating Success in Advancing Medication Use Quality

At PQA, our research develops evidence to support meaningful quality measures, demonstrates the value of medications and pharmacist-provided care, and fosters collaboration within the healthcare system to address social determinants of health (SDOH) and improve medication access. 

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