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Health Mart to roll out Rx performance data platform
December 6th, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO – Health Mart plans to offer its member pharmacies access to an online information management platform that makes pharmacy performance data available to health plans and community pharmacy organizations.
The McKesson Corp. pharmacy franchise said Friday that the platform, called EQuIPP, will enable pharmacies to review their unique performance data, compare them to a benchmark and identify areas for improvement in patient care and clinical outcomes.
"As the old adage goes, you can't manage what you don't measure. We are pleased to have partnered with PQS and to provide our Health Mart franchisees access to EQuIPP pharmacy performance data," Health Mart president Steve Courtman said in a statement. "Public and private payors are increasingly using performance data to determine which retail pharmacies are most effective in impacting positive clinical outcomes for patients and selecting the top performers to be their preferred pharmacies. We are committed to providing our Health Mart stores with the tools, data and products needed to thrive in performance networks."
EQuIPP (Electronic Quality Improvement Platform for Plans and Pharmacies) is provided by Pharmacy Quality Solutions (PQS), a joint venture of the Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) and CECity a software-as-a-service (SaaS) provider specializing in health care.
PQA-endorsed measures are used by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in the Medicare Part D Star Ratings Program, a performance metric system used to rate prescription drug plan performance. Of the 15 metrics included in a Part D Star Rating, five core pharmacy metrics are triple-weighted and can influence nearly half of a drug plan's total composite score, making it critical that payors partner with high-performing pharmacies, Health Mart noted.
"We are excited to partner with Health Mart to drive awareness of the pharmacy measures and the importance of using performance metrics to improve clinical care," stated David Nau, president of Pharmacy Quality Solutions. "If Health Mart owners better understand how they are being measured, they can determine where they are currently delivering strong clinical results and take steps to strengthen areas that can be improved, leading to the best possible patient care and outcomes."
A PQA member, Health Mart's store network includes more than 3,000 independently owned pharmacies in all 50 states.