SPRINGFIELD, Va. — Pharmacy Quality Solutions on Monday announced that it will collaborate with Cardinal Health to help 600 community pharmacies track their performance on Medicare Part D Star measures.
“Community pharmacies play an integral role in helping patients manage their overall health, particularly when it comes to medication use and adherence,” stated Steve Lawrence, SVP independent sales Cardinal Health. “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.”
“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," said David Nau, president of Pharmacy Quality Solutions.
Medicare Part D Star measures track key quality care indicators, including medication use and compliance, and can be used by health plans to determine which retail pharmacies to include in their networks. Through this collaboration, 600 of Cardinal Health’s community pharmacy customers will utilize Pharmacy Quality Solutions’ EQuIPP tool — a national platform for medication-related quality measurement, benchmarking and collaboration among health plans, prescription benefit managers and community pharmacies.
EQuIPP aggregates data from multiple health plans and pharmacies to measure the quality of medication use, including nonadherence, and makes this measurement available to all participants.
Though Cardinal has invited 600 retail pharmacy customers to be part of this initial collaboration, the company plans to expand access to customers more broadly in 2014, the company stated.