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March/April 2016
Date Posted: Tuesday, June 7, 2016

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March/April 2016

Issue #41

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

CMMI Relesases Proposed Enhanced MTM Model Encounter Data Elements

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) proposed program provides Medicare Part D Prescription Drub Plans the opportunity to use innovative MTM programs to improve the quality of patient care while reducing costs.  Comments to CMS requested by April 26, 2016.

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Core Measures Quality Collaborative

America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) convened the Core Measures Quality Collaborative with the goal of collaborating on the development of a core set of measures in selected clinical areas.

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Expanded Support for Medicaid Health Information Exchanges

In March, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) announced rule changes allowing for Medicaid HITECH funds to support all Medicaid providers, including pharmacies that Eligible Professionals want to coordinate caer with.  It may also provide on-boarding of these providers.

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PQA Quality Forum Lecture - April 28
The Changing Landscape of Pharmacy Health Information Technology (HIT)

How will pharmacists communicate with other health care providers as we enter the era of value-based car and pay-for-performance? PQA members are invited to join PQA in the Quality Forum Lecture, The Changing Landscape of Pharmacy Health Information Technology (HIT), scheduled for April 28th at 1 PM (ET).

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PQA Member Engagement Corner

Two new ways to engage with PQA:

• Member Connect Events
• Members Only Portal

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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.

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PQA Measure Development Update:  April 2016

The Measure Development Teams and Task Forces have been meeting monthly via conference call, and the Stakeholder Advisory Panels (SAPs) met for the first time in March.  A summary of the activities and discussion is provided bi-monthly in the Measure Development Update.  

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PQA Welcomes New Members

Advanced Patient Care, Center for Pharmacy Practice AccreditationCenters for Disease Control and Prevention Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, University of TennesseeVirginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy, Wakefern Food Corporation

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