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March / April 2017
Date Posted: Monday, May 1, 2017

March / April 2017
Issue #47

PQA Annual Meeting - May 17-19, 2017
Less than one month to go!

PQA's 12th Annual Meeting is rapidly approaching.  Join Healthcare executives from health plans, PBMs, community pharmacy, life sciences and technology companies, government agencies including CMS and the CDC, healthcare associations and academia, as they come together to hear from healthcare experts on the state of the industry and to share thoughts and ideas on improving medication use and safety. Open to members and non-members.

Three Measures up for Endorsement Consideration during PQA's Annual Meeting

At the PQA Annual Meeting (May 17-19), PQA members will have the opportunity to vote on the endorsement of the following new performance measures:

1.  Treatment of Chronic Hepatitis C: Completion of Therapy
2.  Polypharmacy: Use of Multiple CNS-Active Medications in Older Adults
3.  Polypharmacy: Use of Multiple Anticholinergic Medications in Older Adults

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PQA - CVS Health Foundation Scholars Program
Now Accepting Applications

PQA is accepting applications for the PQA - CVS Health Foundation Scholars Program.  This program is designed to support and recognize student excellence in demonstration projects centered on quality-related initiatives and foster student-mentor relationships.  PQA - CVS Health Foundation Scholars will design, implement and present a project related to quality measurement or improvement with the help of a mentor familiar with the quality landscape.  More information can be found on PQA website.  The deadline to apply is June 15, 2017.

Seeing Poster Reviewers at PQA's Annual Meeting
Expanded Poster Session!

Are you interested in serving as a poster reviewer during the PQA Annual Meeting held in Baltimore, Maryland on May 17-19, 2017?  Sign up here.

PQA Receives AARP Grant for NQF Measure Incubator

has awarded PQA $200,000 through an AARP Measure Innovation Grant to develop and test the quality measure concept, Hospital Admission or Emergency Department (ED) Visits for Bleeding Events Associated with Anticoagulant Medications.

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PQA Measure Development Update:  April 2017

he Measure Development Teams and Task Forces have been meeting monthly via webinar, and the Stakeholder Advisory Panels had their first meetings in March. Additionally, the Risk Adjustment Advisory Panel, Patient & Caregiver 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 Loren Kirk, PharmD

The PQA staff is pleased to welcome the newest addition to our team, Loren Kirk, who will be serving as the Associate Director of Member Engagement.  Loren comes to PQA after successfully completing his Executive Fellowship with NACDS.  Loren received his Doctor of Pharmacy from East Tennessee State University (ETSU).

Member Milestones

PQA Member Spotlight
Eleanor Perfetto, PhD, MS
The National Health Council
The University of Maryland

PQA's inaugural "Member Spotlight" aims to acknowledge the work and perspectives of our diverse membership.  We look forward to highlighting various members and encouraging partnership between member organizations that share similar interests.

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PQA Welcomes New Members

Auburn UniversityButler UniversityFresenius Health PartnersIMPAQ International,  National Association of Specialty PharmacyNational Health CouncilNew York State Department of HealthUniversity of North Carolina - Center for Medication Optimization through Practice and Policy

PQA Member Connect

Thank you to all of our members who helped make the PQA Member Connect networking events a success at the APhA, AMCP and NQF Conferences!  Over 120 members attended the events which were a great opportunity for members to network and for staff to share information about PQA with potential new members.

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