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July/August 2016
Date Posted: Thursday, August 18, 2016

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July/August 2016

Issue #43

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
Quality Forum Lectures featuring the award-winning poster and podium presentations from the PQA Annual Meeting:
  • August 18 at 1PM (ET)
  • September 15 at 1PM (ET)

NQF Patient Safety Steering Committee Reviews PQA Opioid Measures

PQA submitted its three opioid overuse measures to the National Quality Forum's (NQF's) Patient Safety Project for NQF endorsement consideration.

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Joint AMCP/PQA/PHIT SNOMED Cross-Walk Development Meeting

The Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP), Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA), and Pharmacy Health Information Technology (PHIT) Collaborative convened a multi-stakeholder group on July 12-13, 2016 in National Harbor, MD to develop a consensus-based standardized framework for cross-walking medication therapy management (MTM) services to SNOMED CT (Systematized Nomenclaure of Medicine - Clinical Terms) codes.

PQA Seeks Measure Testers

An important part of PQA’s measure development process is to test draft measures using the measure specifications to calculate the rates and to complete additional sensitivity analyses.  This step not only is important to determine the feasibility and validity of the measures, but also presents an exciting opportunity for member organizations to partner with PQA and to have early insights into their own performance on the measures.

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PQA Insulin Adherence Roundtable
Beginning in February 2016, PQA has convened a series of multi-stakeholder roundtables in recognition of the growing interest among PQA's membership related to the inclusion of patients who have been prescribed insulins within PQA adherence measures.

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PQA Quality Forum Lectures

This member benefit generally occurs on a Thursday at 1 PM (ET) of each month for an hour-long telephonic or webinar presentation on quality-related topics.  

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PQA Measure Development Update:  August 2016

The Measure Development Teams (MDTs) and Task Forces have been meeting monthly via webinar, and the Stakeholder Advisory Panels (SAPs) have been meeting every other month since March.  Additionally, the Risk Adjustment Advisory Panel, Implementation Advisory Panel, Measure Update Panel and Quality Metrics Expert Panel have been meeting regularly to continue their work.

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PQA's Executive Fellow Honored as the 2016 Next-Generation Pharmacist Future Pharmacist Awardee

PQA's current executive fellow, Mel Nelson, PharmD, was recognized as the 2016 Future Pharmacist Awardee during the Next-Generation Pharmacist Award ceremony on August 7, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts.

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PQA Welcomes New Members

Cleveland Clinic, Pulse8



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