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November/December 2016
Date Posted: Monday, December 19, 2016

November/December 2016
Issue #45
Upcoming Events
  • Quality Forum Lecture - January 19, 2017 at 1PM (ET)21st Century Cures Act (registration coming soon)
  • PQA's Roadmap for Measure Development & Testing in 2017 (TBD)
  • PQA Annual Meeting - May 17-19, 2017 (registration coming soon)
    Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel, Baltimore, Maryland
PQA Welcomes Twelve New Board Members for 2017

The Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) is pleased to announce twelve new PQA board member appointments to complement its multi-stakeholder board. Board appointments for PQA are made to an individual and are not organizational appointments. Each of these individuals brings a unique perspective to the PQA board. 

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PQA Membership Endorses Two New Performance Measures

The membership of the Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) endorsed two new performance measures in December. The new measures are: Concurrent Use of Opioids and Benzodiazepines (COB) and Adherence to Non-Infused Disease Modifying Agents Used to Treat Multiple Sclerosis (PDC-MS)

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PQA Announces Expanded Poster Session and Call for Reviewers

PQA will be expanding the Poster Presentation Session during the Annual Meeting held at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland May 17-19, 2017.   Additionally, to support the expanded Poster Session, PQA is delighted to offer the opportunity to all members to serve as a reviewer. 

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Ready, Set, Synch: Informing Patients about Medication Synchronization
Patients are becoming more empowered about their healthcare through an interactive website SimplySync.net. 
PQA Reconvenes the Research Coordinating Committee

As we enter 2017, PQA will be expanding its research portfolio; tying medication adherence to outcomes and adding new focus areas, including but not limited to adverse events associated with anticoagulation, prevention of opioid misuse, and transitions of care. To evaluate emerging research topics and to enhance and promote its research portfolio, PQA is reconvening its Research Coordinating Committee (RCC).

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PQA Measure Development Update:  December 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 Welcomes New Members

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