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Recommendations for Improving Adult Vaccination Rates and Reporting within Community Pharmacy Practice

The purpose of this white paper is to provide best practice recommendations for improving adult vaccination rates and reporting. The intended audience for this white paper includes pharmacists practicing in community settings.  This white paper was developed by the Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) Adult Immunization Task Force and reviewed through a consensus-based process. Read white paper

Do you remember Jan. 1, 2006?

This historic date marked the beginning of the Medicare Prescription Drug Program, or Medicare Part D. It was on that day that the single largest change was made to the Medicare program since it was created in 1965. Seniors were given the opportunity to enroll in a prescription drug program that would be overseen by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), but delivered through a variety of private sector health insurance and prescription drug plans. Read full article

Intersection of Quality Metrics and Medicare Policy

The importance of medications to the treatment of chronic disease has received increased attention since implementation of the Medicare Part D drug benefit. The use of medications by the elderly increased after the implementation of Part D. The Congressional Budget Office has projected that Medicare annual expenditures on Part D medications will triple from $53 billion in 2009 to nearly $160 billion in 2019.
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Development and testing of performance measures for pharmacy services

Objective: To report on the status of the pilot work of PQA, a pharmacy quality alliance, to develop and test performance metrics of pharmacy services for use in quality improvement, benchmarking, and pay-for-performance benchmarks.

Design: Observational cohort study.

Setting: Three health plans (commercial, Medicare and Medicaid) located in the northeastern United States and one nationwide prescription drug plan.
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Measuring pharmacy quality

To describe methods for measuring health care quality and how these methods can be applied to the measurement of pharmacy quality and to describe ways of stimulating the use of quality improvement methods in pharmacy.
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