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Laura Cranston

PQA names Micah Cost as new CEO

PQA names Micah Cost as new CEO

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) has selected Micah Cost as its new chief executive officer. A seasoned health care association executive, Cost will lead PQA’s work to improve medication safety, adherence and appropriate use. PQA is a national quality organization that brings 250 organizations from across health care together to develop and

Nominations sought for 2021 Community Pharmacy Innovation in Quality Awards

Nominations sought for 2021 Community Pharmacy Innovation in Quality Awards

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Nominations are sought for the 2021 Community Pharmacy Innovation in Quality (CPIQ) Awards. Presented by the Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) and the Community Pharmacy Foundation (CPF), the awards honor an individual and a community pharmacy, whose innovative practices have improved care quality, medication optimization and patient outcomes. Now in its fourth year,

PQA launches 2020-21 Healthcare Quality Innovation Challenge

PQA launches 2020-21 Healthcare Quality Innovation Challenge

ALEXANDRIA, Va.  – The PQA Healthcare Quality Innovation Challenge (HQIC) is an annual national collegiate competition where student teams present technology-enabled solutions to improve healthcare quality. With the support of a faculty or pharmacy professional mentor, participating student teams develop a business summary proposal for their solution to one of three prompts provided by PQA. The

National health care leaders collaborate with PQA on diabetes project

National health care leaders collaborate with PQA on diabetes project

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Humana, Pfizer  and Walgreens are collaborating with the Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) to evaluate the impact of pharmacist-provided care on medication use, health and economic outcomes in patients with diabetes. The project brings together national leaders in pharmacy, care delivery, medications, and health plan administration to demonstrate the value of collaboration between

PQA launches medication use quality continuing education program

PQA launches medication use quality continuing education program

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Safe appropriate use of medication is an essential part of high-quality care that improves patient outcomes and healthcare affordability. To help healthcare professionals implement effective quality improvement programs, the Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) has developed Medication Use Quality, an online continuing education and certificate program. The program provides advanced training on quality measurement

PQA presents Quality Awards to 24 Medicare plan contracts

PQA presents Quality Awards to 24 Medicare plan contracts

ALEXANDRIA, Va.  – The Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) has recognized 24 Medicare plan contracts with a quality award for high achievement or significant improvement in PQA measures of medication safety and appropriate use. The awards are based on published CMS Medicare Part D Star Ratings. PQA provides two awards, an Excellence in Quality Award and a Quality Improvement

Rachel Digmann joins PQA team

Rachel Digmann joins PQA team

ALEXANDRIA, Va.— The Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) announced that Rachel Digmann has joined its team as senior director of measure operations and analytics. She is responsible for measure testing and maintenance of the PQA measure technical specifications and contributing to the development and endorsement of new measures. She will ensure that current measures are updated

PQA endorses three new pharmacy performance measures

PQA endorses three new pharmacy performance measures

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA), through a majority vote of its members, has endorsed three new pharmacy performance measures that evaluate adherence for medication treatment of hypertension, cholesterol and HIV. Medication adherence in these therapeutic areas remains suboptimal, and pharmacists are well-positioned with knowledge and tools to support patients in improving adherence

Pharmacy Outlook: Laura Cranston, PQA

Pharmacy Outlook: Laura Cranston, PQA

Pharmacy Quality Alliance is a national quality organization dedicated to improving medication safety, adherence and appropriate use. A measure developer, researcher, educator and convener, PQA quality initiatives support better medication use and high-quality, value-based care. PQA was created in 2006 because prescription drug programs were a major area of health care where there was no

PQA seeks comments on proposed standard measure set for pharmacy accountability

PQA seeks comments on proposed standard measure set for pharmacy accountability

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) seeks comments on its “Proposed Standard Measure Set for Pharmacy Accountability in Value-Based Models.” The proposed set could establish a new paradigm for collaboration between pharmacies and health plans to improve medication management and patient outcomes. PQA member and public comments will be accepted through September 6

PQA unveils new medication access framework

PQA unveils new medication access framework

ALEXANDRIA, Va.  – The Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) has developed a “Medication Access Framework for Quality Measurement” to address the social determinants of health that hinder patient medication access and contribute to poor health outcomes. The framework identifies seven key areas patients encounter while accessing medications and the structural, financial and personal barriers patients face within

PQA expands research team and promotes four individuals

PQA expands research team and promotes four individuals

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) is pleased to announce that Patrick Campbell, has joined its team as director, measurement outcomes research. He is the newest member of PQA’s growing research team. Campbell will lead studies to measure the impact of PQA’s opioid measures and new opioid prescribing policies, as well as the value

PQA appoints 2019 board and executive committee

PQA appoints 2019 board and executive committee

ALEXANDRIA, Va.  – The Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) board of directors approved its 2019 executive committee and appointed four new members to the 23-member board during its fourth quarter meeting. The appointments are effective January 1. “PQA’s Board represents a diverse group of thought leaders and experts in healthcare, who understand how medication optimization improves