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Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA)

PQA offers new course on measuring quality to improve HIV medication use

PQA offers new course on measuring quality to improve HIV medication use

ALEXANDRIA, Va.  — To help healthcare professionals implement effective quality improvement programs for HIV medication use, the Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) has developed a new, 3-hour continuing education (CE) course, “Measuring Quality to Improve HIV Medication Use.” The course can be taken independently or as part of PQA’s 15-hour Medication Use Quality online CE and certificate program.  This CE course provides advanced training on HIV-related measurement and strategies to improve

PQA presents quality awards to 16 Medicare plan contracts

PQA presents quality awards to 16 Medicare plan contracts

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) has recognized 16 Medicare plan contracts with a Laura Cranston Excellence in Quality or Quality Improvement 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. They were named

PQA announces leadership appointments and staff promotions

PQA announces leadership appointments and staff promotions

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) announced two senior leadership appointments and additional promotions to support its work as the nation’s preeminent medication use quality organization. Key changes, which are effective May 1, include the promotion of Lisa Hines, PharmD, CPHQ, to Chief Quality and Innovation Officer and Richard Schmitz, MA, to Chief

PQA performance measure for initial opioid prescribing for long duration endorsed by NQF

PQA performance measure for initial opioid prescribing for long duration endorsed by NQF

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) performance measure “Initial Opioid Prescribing for Long Duration” has been endorsed by the National Quality Forum (NQF). The endorsement is part of NQF’s Spring 2020 cycle of measures for Patient Safety and is included in the standing committee’s final report, which was published March 15. This is the sixth

PQA Endorses Two New Diabetes-Focused Health Plan Performance Measures

PQA Endorses Two New Diabetes-Focused Health Plan Performance Measures

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA), through a majority vote of its members, has endorsed two new health plan performance measures. The measures evaluate medications to treat individuals with diabetes. More than 34 million Americans have diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These measures will help evaluate the quality of

Study evaluates effect of videos with educational information about the patient’s prescription

Study evaluates effect of videos with educational information about the patient’s prescription

LAKE MARY, Fla.  – Educational videos delivered via text message significantly improve patient adherence to newly prescribed medications, according to a new study by VUCA Health, the Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA), and Liberty Software. Results of the study will be presented at the American Public Health Association’s Virtual Annual Meeting and Expo on October 27. Primary medication

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

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 and NPC seek research proposals to address medication access barriers

PQA and NPC seek research proposals to address medication access barriers

ALEXANDRIA, Va.  – The Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) and the National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC) announced Tuesday a request for proposals (RFP) for research projects that address barriers to medication access. The organizations are interested in commissioning research that explores quality measurement targeting improved medication access, the impact of social determinants of health and other factors on

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 among groups working on new health care roundtable

PQA among groups working on new health care roundtable

ALEXANDRIA, Va.  – A national roundtable of 17 health care quality measurement experts, patient advocates, caregivers, and patients begins work today to create a rubric for assessing the patient centeredness of quality measure development and implementation. The rubric will provide guidance on best practices for ensuring patient perspectives are effectively represented in health care quality

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

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