Using and Licensing PQA Measures

PQA Measure Manual


The PQA Measure Manual includes the measure specifications for PQA performance measures and quality improvement indicators. PQA owns and maintains the performance measures and quality improvement indicators listed within the manual. PQA seeks to develop a common set of performance measures that will be implemented by a variety of stakeholders to assess and report on the quality of care and value of pharmacy and/or drug plan services and to develop quality improvement indicators that organizations may use internally to improve processes of care. The manual’s objectives are to:

  • Provide the guidelines for implementation of the measures.
  • Provide the detailed specifications for implementation of the measures.

PQA members may request the current PQA Measure Manual for non-commercial purposes as a benefit of membership.

Request the PQA Measure Manual

PQA Value Sets


PQA Value Sets, including National Drug Code (NDC) lists, are required to accurately calculate the measures. PQA updates the NDC lists twice annually and distributes the lists to licensees and authorized users of the measures.  Authorized users of PQA measures may obtain the current version of the Value Sets by contacting PQA at [email protected].

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

How to get a list of the PQA Measures


Download an Overview of PQA Measures

Technical specifications for PQA measures are provided upon request. Please submit your request to [email protected]. A license may be required to receive the accompanying PQA value sets, including the NDC lists.

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