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Cardinal, PQA help pharmacies benchmark performance
December 9th, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Va. – Pharmacy Quality Solutions Inc. (PQS) is working with Cardinal Health Inc. to help 600 of its community pharmacy customers track their performance on Medicare Part D Star measures.
PQS said Monday that the Cardinal pharmacy clients will use its EQuIPP (Electronic Quality Improvement Platform for Plans and Pharmacies) online information management platform for medication-related quality measurement, benchmarking and collaboration among health plans, prescription benefit managers and community pharmacies.
Cardinal operates the Medicine Shoppe independent pharmacy franchise, which includes about 600 community pharmacies under the Medicine Shoppe and Medicap banners.
Medicare Part D Star measures track care quality indicators, such as medication use and compliance, and can be used by health plans to determine which retail pharmacies to include in their networks. EQuIPP aggregates data from multiple health plans and pharmacies to measure the quality of medication use, including nonadherence, and makes that measurement available to all participants.
By serving as a neutral intermediary for quality measurement and benchmarking, EQuIPP enables pharmacies and health plans to focus on improving the quality and safety of medication use, noted PQS, a joint venture of the Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) and software-as-a-service provider CECity.
"Community pharmacies play an integral role in helping patients manage their overall health, particularly when it comes to medication use and adherence," Steve Lawrence, senior vice president of independent sales for Cardinal Health, said in a statement. "We're excited to make this innovative tool available to our retail pharmacy customers, because it makes it easy for them to access invaluable information to better understand and constantly improve the level of quality care they provide to their patients."
Lawrence added that although Cardinal has invited 600 retail pharmacy customers to be part of the initial collaboration, the company plans to expand access to more pharmacies next year.
"We are pleased to be collaborating with Cardinal Health in its efforts to help community pharmacies adapt to the changing health care landscape," stated David Nau, president of PQA. "As Medicare Part D plans attempt to improve the quality of medication utilization for their patients, they are increasingly turning to their pharmacy networks as partners for quality improvement."