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July/August 2015
Date Posted: Monday, August 10, 2015

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July/August 2015

Issue #37

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.

Upcoming Events
  • August 27, 1PM (EDT), Quality Forum Lecture Series, Immunization Insights - Update on the National Adult Vaccination Landscape.  Presented by Carolyn Bridges, MD, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • September 17, 1PM (EDT), Quality Forum Lecture Series, Providing an Independent Analysis of New Specialty Drugs:  Can We Get to Pricing Based on the Value to Patients and the Health Care System? Presented by Steven Pearson, MD, MSc, FRCP, Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER)
  • November 10, PQA Leadership Summit (Westin Hotel in Alexandria, VA)

Abuse and overuse of prescription drugs is a major public health issue in the United States, with death rates tripling in the last 20 years. The greatest harm results from overuse of opioid drugs. Several approaches are being taken to address the issue of overuse, including re-education of prescribers, education of patients regarding the harms of these drugs, expecting patients to assume more responsibility for their care through opioid prescription contracts, and Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs.

PQA Statin Use in Diabetes (SUPD) Measure Submitted to the National Quality Forum (NQF) Cardiovascular Project for Endorsement

PQA has submitted the Statin Use in Persons with Diabetes (SUPD) measure in response to the National Quality Forum's (NQF) request for cardiovascular measures.  This is the third phase of the NQF Cardiovascular Endorsement project that seeks to identify and endorse new cardiovascular measures.

PQA Comments on the Medicaid State and Managed Care Proposed Regulation

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed the first broad-ranging changes to the rules governing the federal-state Medicaid program since 2002 and invited comments. PQA believes the proposed Medicaid rules to modernize and strengthen the Medicaid and CHIP programs offer many opportunities to improved care for beneficiaries.

PQA Quality Forums Series:  August and September

August 27th - Immunization Insights - Update on the National Adult Vaccination Landscape.   Presented by Carolyn Bridges, Associate Director of Adult Immunizations at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

September 17th - Providing an Independent Analysis of New Specialty Drugs: Can We Get to Pricing Based on the Value to Patients and the Health Care System?  Presented by Steven Pearson, President of the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER).

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 Measure Development Update:  August 2015

The new PQA measure development process for 2015 is working well and the progress being made by the Measure Development Teams (MDTs) and the Stakeholder Advisory Panels (SAPs) on new measure concepts is significant.  The MDTs and TF have been meeting monthly via conference call and the SAPs are scheduled to meet for the third time during the first two weeks of August. 

PQA is pleased to provide a recap of activities completed year to date (through August 1, 2015).

PQA Welcomes Daniel Nam, RPh, JD

The PQA staff is pleased to welcome the newest addition to our team, Daniel Nam, RPh, JD, who will be serving as the Director of Member Engagement and Business Development.  

PQA's Second Fellow Joins CVS Health

Maria Scarlatos, PQA's second fellow, has sailed on to Woonsocket, Rhode Island where she will join CVS Health as a Medicare Part D Star Ratings Advisor.  In her new role she will serve as a Star Ratings subject matter expert responsible for optimizing Star measure performance and coordinating improvement initiatives.

PQA Welcomes New Members...

Agadia Systems, Amgen, Chapman University, Indegene Healthcare, The University of Iowa, University of Cincinnati, University of Pittsburgh

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