Using and Licensing PQA Measures

PQA owns and maintains the performance measures and quality improvement indicators listed within the technical specifications for PQA-endorsed measures, referred to as the PQA Measure Manual. The PQA Measure Manual includes narrative instructions to calculate the measures.

PQA National Drug Code (NDC) lists and other value sets are required to accurately calculate each measure. The PQA Measure Manual and value sets are provided upon request to PQA members for non-commercial purposes.

How to License PQA Measures


Learn more about how to license measures by reviewing the Performance Measures Licensing Policy.

Request PQA Measure Manual & NDC Lists Download an Overview of PQA Measures
Request Technical Assistance PQA Measure Use Frequently Asked Questions

PQA Measure Use in the Medicare Part D Star Ratings


The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will include 14 individual measures of quality in the 2019 Medicare Part D Star ratings, with five PQA measures within the domain of Drug Safety and Accuracy of Drug Pricing.

Learn about PQA Measures in CMS Star Ratings and Display Measures

PQA Measure Use in the Health Insurance Marketplace Quality Rating System


The PQA Proportion of Days Covered (PDC): 3 Rates measure is currently used in the Health Insurance Marketplace Quality Ratings System. Qualified Health Plans requesting the the Value Sets, including the National Drug Code (NDC) lists and ESRD Value Set, for the PDC: 3 Rates measure can learn more here.

Learn about PQA Measures in the Health Insurance Marketplace Quality Rating System