The Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) continues to forge ahead with our work to develop a set of standard pharmacy performance measures that would be appropriate for use in value-based plan-pharmacy agreements. Over the past 3 years, we have convened and worked with a broad base of industry leaders to identify and vet pharmacy performance measures that meet the needs of pharmacies, payers, and patients—while balancing feasibility and probability for success.
You may wonder where this project originated and how pharmacy performance measures could be used to support person-centered care. Going back to the early days of PQA in 2006, the vision for this organization was to usher in a quality-focused framework to support a new pharmacy payment system focused on enhancing value within the health care system. Developing pharmacy performance measures directly aligns with that vision. It wasn’t until recently that pharmacy practice and our health care system was ready to realize this vision.