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September/October 2015
Date Posted: Monday, October 19, 2015

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September/October 2015

Issue #38

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

Register Today:  PQA's Leadership Summit Takes Place November 10th in Alexandria, VA

PQA's Leadership Summit will focus on Getting to the Core:  Building and Implementing Core Measure Sets.  Board members, along with executives from PQA member companies, will meet to share insights on the changing quality and healthcare landscape and will hear from industry experts and though leaders on a variety of subjects.  more

Five Organizations Team Up to Host a Quality Ratings Workshop for Community Pharmacists

This workshop is designed specifically for chain and independent community pharmacy management field personnel and front-line pharmacists.  The program will focus on core competencies and techniques needed to perform well on quality measures currently used by health plans and PBMs to rate their pharmacy networks.  more
CMS announces Part D Enhanced Medication Therapy Management Model
Model's goal is to improve care, reduce costs in Medicare

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation is introducing a 5 year pilot beginning 2017 that will allow Part D Prescription Drug Plans (PDPs) in certain geographic regions to implement their own enhanced MTM program, waives current requirements for enrollment, and offers a reward for meeting certain cost-reduction parameters.  more
PQA Response to CMS Study:  "Examining the Potential Effects of Socioeconomic Factors on Star Ratings"

PQA's Sociodemographic Status (SDS) Risk Adjustment Advisory Group is turns focuses on the three PQA medication adherence measures that are used in the CMS Star Ratings, and that were included in the CMS study "Examining the Potentital Effects of Socioeconomic Factors on Star Ratings".  more
NQF Cardiovascular Committee Reviews PQA Measure, Statin Use in Persons with Diabetes

PQA Measure, Statin Use in Persons with Diabetes, was recommended for endorsement by 94% of the NQF Committee members. The Cardiovascular Committee discussed any competing measures in a post-meeting call on October 9.  more
PQA Projects and Grants

Multiple Sclerosis Task Force (MS Task Force) - PQA to launch MS Task Force to explore the feasibility and appropriateness of developing performance measures for the care of individuals with Multiple Sclerosis, including measures that assess appropriate monitoring of disease activity and treatment.  more

Immunization Services  Model  for  Adult Rate Improvement (ImmuSMART)  - PQA to partner with VoicePort and Scientific Technologies Corporation (STC) on an immunization project aiming to improve the rates of vaccination for adult patients.  more
PQA Accepting Quality Improvement Abstracts for Poster Session

The Academic Affairs Committee of the Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) invites individuals from Schools and Colleges of Pharmacy to submit quality improvement (QI) poster abstracts for the Annual Meeting which will be held on May 18 - 20, 2016 in Arlington, VA.   more
PQA Educational Opportunities for Students

PQA is now accepting applications for both our Executive Fellowship Program and Experiential Rotation.  more
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.   more
A Day in the Life of a Student on a PQA Rotation
From the Student's Perspective

Pharmacy Quality Alliance was an unforgettable rotation experience for me; while I didn't spend my day evaluating patient profiles or physically dispensing medication, I had the opportunity to participate in different activities that usually go unnoticed by pharmacy students. more
PQA Measure Development Update:  October 2015

PQA Measure Development Teams, Panels, and Task Forces meet by teleconference to meet their specific objectives.  A summary of the activities and discussion is provided bi-monthly in the Measure Development Update.  more
PQA Welcomes New Members
Predilytics, University of Toledo College of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences,  and The University of Texas at Austin   

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