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March/April 2014
Date Posted: Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Pharmacist with patient

March/April 2014

Issue #29

PQA's Mission

To improve the quality of medication management and use across healthcare settings with the goal of improving patients' health through a collaborative process to develop and implement performance measures and recognize examples of exceptional pharmacy quality.

Register for PQA's Annual Meeting & Best Practices Forum
May 28-30, 2014 in Arlington, VA at the Renaissance Capital View Hotel

Compelling keynote speakers, fast-paced panel discussions, roundtables on best practices across the medication management continuum, and updates from CMS on the Medicare Star Ratings program, are just a few of the reasons not to miss this meeting!  Register and reserve your hotel room today.

April Quality Forum Lecture Series
Recommendation from a Consensus Conference on Improving Drug-Drug Interaction Clinical Decision Support

April's Quality Forum Lecture will be presented by Daniel C. Malone and Lisa E. Hines from the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy and Gerald K. McEvoy from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. The presenters will provide recommendations for improving drug-drug interaction clinical decision support developed through an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)-sponsored conference series.  This lecture will be held on April 24, 2014 at 1 p.m. (ET).

PQA Members Comment on Draft Measures

PQA member organizations were asked to review and comment on three PQA newly developed draft measures prior to testing. This additional step was added to our measure development process to more effectively capture our members' input earlier on in the process.

PQA Will Recognize Medicare Plans for Excellence in Medication Safety Based on CMS' Star Ratings

The 4th PQA Quality Recognition Awards Program will take place during the organization's Annual Meeting & Best Practices Forum taking place May 28-30, 2014 at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel in Arlington, Virginia. This award recognizes achievement of a 5-star rating on the PQA measures of medication safety that are included in the CMS Star Rating Program and an overall summary plan rating of 4.5 or higher. 

University of Pittsburgh Developing Seminal Guide on Applying Value-based Financial Incentive Models within Community Pharmacy Practice

PQA is pleased to announce that a seminal guide for community pharmacy executives seeking to develop, implement, or evaluate Value-based Incentive Programs will be released in conjunction with its Annual Meeting on May 28th - 30th.

PQA Offers a Special Session on Quality Education at Annual Meeting

This half-day special session will be held from 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on May 28th and will focus on providing the tools for teaching others about quality improvement. Free to invited attendees. Continuing Education credit is currently being developed for this event.

PQA Workgroup, Panel, and Task Force Update: April 2014

PQA Workgroups, Panels, and Task Forces meet by teleconference each month to meet their specific objectives. Participants contribute their expertise and ideas to the discussion and work towards consensus-based agreement on workgroup deliverables. A summary of the activities and discussion is provided bimonthly in the Workgroup, Panel, and Task Force Update. 

Complimentary Webinar Series: Understanding the Changing Healthcare Landscape and its Impact on Pharmaceutical Management

On April 29, 2014 from 1:00 - 2:00 PM (ET), PQA will offer the first webinar entitled "Understanding Medication Measures and their Impact on Pharmacy Practice". 

Hot off the Press: Connections to Key Quality Publications

Hot Off the Press seeks to connect the reader to the most relevant and recent trials, reviews and commentaries related to health care quality with a focus on medication- and pharmacy-related topics.

PQA "On the Road"

The PQA staff members participate in a number of formal committees and panels and also attend and present at a diverse array of healthcare conferences. Information on some of the more notable staff activities is presented below for your review.

CoverMyMeds, FDS, LDM Group, LMC Medical Supplies & LMC Pharmacy, MED-CARE Diabetic & Medical Supplies, Parata Systems, PioneerRx, Tri State Distribution,
University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy 








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