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Pharmacy Quality Alliance

PQA CEO issues statement on Congress approving of opioid legislation

PQA CEO issues statement on Congress approving of opioid legislation

ALEXANDRIA, Va.— Laura Cranston, chief executive officer, Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA),  issued the following statement on the approval of federal legislation to combat the opioid epidemic: “The PQA applauds the bipartisan work of Congress to mitigate the opioid epidemic and ensure the safe and appropriate use of opioid medications through the passage of the SUPPORT

Express Scripts to roll out innovative pilot program

Express Scripts to roll out innovative pilot program

ST. LOUIS — Express Scripts will be launching a new, innovative 12-month pilot for a performance-based retail pharmacy network for commercial plans designed to optimize medication therapy, improve medication adherence, and promote better outcomes. The pilot will examine the impact of rewarding pharmacies that fill prescriptions for Express Scripts members and demonstrate a positive improvement

PQA appoints new board members

PQA appoints new board members

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) has named new members to its board of directors and approved its 2018 executive committee. Mary Ann Kliethermes, vice chair of ambulatory care and professor at the Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy, will serve as PQA’s chairman for 2018. She succeeds Peter Wickersham, president of government

Future pharmacists raised on quality, performance

Future pharmacists raised on quality, performance

As pharmacy care models refocus on the quality rather than the quantity of care, the Pharmacy Quality Alliance and CVS Health Foundation are doing their part to prepare future pharmacists. The two organizations have ushered in the 2017-18 class of PQA-CVS Health Foundation Scholars. Now in year two, the program supports and recognizes pharmacy student

Transition to value-based care will proceed

Transition to value-based care will proceed

As the Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) gears up for 2017, the outlook we envision consists of measuring what matters to patients, providers, plans and pharmacies. PQA has a rather unique role in the marketplace as a measure developer, and since our process is very inclusive and participatory, we have experienced a strong growth in our

Ateb tests med sync quality indicators for PQA

Ateb tests med sync quality indicators for PQA

RALEIGH, N.C. — Patient care solution provider Ateb Inc. helped test four medication synchronization quality improvement indicators (QIIs) on behalf of the Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA). Ateb said Tuesday that it was one of two organizations chosen to test the new QIIs, which will enable pharmacists to boost patient engagement by aligning medication refills to

PQA, CVS Health Foundation team on scholarship program

PQA, CVS Health Foundation team on scholarship program

SPRINGFIELD, Va. — The Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) has partnered with the CVS Health Foundation on a new scholarship program to support medication use quality. Called the PQA-CVS Health Foundation Scholars Program, the scholarship recognizes student excellence in projects focusing on quality-related initiatives. The program also aims to promote and improve education for quality measures

Rite Aid deploys EQuIPP Rx performance platform chainwide

Rite Aid deploys EQuIPP Rx performance platform chainwide

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Pharmacists in Rite Aid Corp.’s nearly 4,600 drug stores are now using the EQuIPP pharmacy performance measurement platform from Pharmacy Quality Solutions (PQS). Rite Aid said Wednesday that it’s the largest drug chain to enable EQuIPP access to all of its pharmacists. The information management tool provides access to performance data

EQuIPP pharmacy quality platform extends reach

EQuIPP pharmacy quality platform extends reach

DURHAM, N.C. — The EQuIPP platform for measuring pharmacy performance has reached a milestone. Pharmacy Quality Solutions Inc. (PQS) said Monday that EQuIPP — to which 90% of U.S. community pharmacies subscribe — is now connected to health plans and prescription drug plans serving a majority of Medicare beneficiaries. With the recent addition of several new

Workshop to explore quality ratings in Rx

The Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) will co-host a one-day pharmacy quality ratings workshop with the American Pharmacists Association, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, the National Community Pharmacists Association and the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations. The program will be held at the Westin Hotel in Old Town Alexandria, Va., on November 9.

Some primer on pharmacy quality ratings

Some primer on pharmacy quality ratings

Next month, the Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) will co-host a one-day pharmacy quality ratings workshop with the American Pharmacists Association, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, the National Community Pharmacists Association and the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations. The workshop will consist of sessions led by expert frontline pharmacists, health plan quality specialists,

Kmart to implement EQuIPP at pharmacies

Kmart to implement EQuIPP at pharmacies

DURHAM, N.C. — Kmart Pharmacy aims to improve tracking of quality performance metrics and enhance patient-centered care and clinical outcomes with the deployment of the EQuIPP information management platform from Pharmacy Quality Solutions (PQS). A joint venture of the Pharmacy Quality Alliance and CECity, PQS said Friday that, through EQuIPP, Kmart pharmacies will be able to track their performance on a range