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May/June 2014
Date Posted: Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Pharmacist with patient

May/June 2014

Issue #30

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.


PQA Endorses New Performance Measure and Approves Two Quality Improvement Indicators

On May 29, 2014, PQA members voted to endorse one performance measure and two quality improvement indicators.

PQA Recognizes Six Medicare Plans for Excellence in Medication Use and Safety Based on CMS' Star Ratings
Chinese Community Health Plan, Humana, and Four Kaiser Permanente Regions

PQA is very pleased to present the 4th Annual PQA Quality Award to:  Chinese Community Health Plan of California, Humana's Medicare plan of Illinois, and four Kaiser Permanente regions (California, Colorado, Hawaii, and the Mid-Atlantic region).  View photos.

PQA 9th Annual Meeting & Best Practices Forum Highlights
May 28-30, 2014

Healthcare executives from health plans, PBMs, community pharmacy, pharmaceutical research and technology companies, consumer advocacy, government agencies - including CMS and the FDA, healthcare associations, and academia, came together to hear from healthcare experts on the state of the industry and shared thoughts and ideas on improving medication use and safety.  View photos.

The Pharmacy Quality Alliance, in collaboration with the Program Evaluation Research Unit (PERU) at the University of Pittsburgh, introduces the white paper:  "Perspectives:  Applying Value-Based Financial Incentive Models within Community Pharmacy Practice."

PQA Workgroup, Panel, and Task Force Update: June 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. 

PQA Announces 2014-2015 Executive Fellow
Dr. Maria Scarlatos to Join Staff

The Pharmacy Quality Alliance welcomes Maria Scarlatos as the newest member of the PQA staff.  Dr. Scarlatos will serve as the 2014-2015 Fellow starting on July 1, 2014.  Maria will be coming to PQA as a new Doctor of Pharmacy graduate from Northeastern University.

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.

PQA Welcomes New Member...
Martin Health Services



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