The Pharmacy Quality Alliance is debuting a three-hour continuing education course meant to help implement effective quality-improvement programs for HIV medication use. The course, “Measuring Quality to Improve HIV Medication Use,” is being offered as a stand-alone course or as part of PQA’s 15-hour Medication Use Quality online CE and certificate program.
PQA said the CE course is designed to provide advanced HIV-related measurement and strategy training with the aim of improving medication adherence, medication safety and appropriate use.
“Early, comprehensive treatment and optimized medication management significantly improve health outcomes for people living with HIV and reduce their overall cost of care,” said PQA CEO Micah Cost. “PQA developed this continuing education course to help pharmacists and other health care providers improve the quality of medication-related care. We support national goals to end the HIV epidemic, and this course is part of PQA’s contribution to that effort.”
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Nationally accredited for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, nurses and physicians, the course is applicable for all levels of healthcare professions regardless of experience level working with patients with HIV.
“We designed this HIV continuing education course to be accessible and practical,” said PQA Education Director Amanda Ryan. “It offers participants a high-level look at HIV from a population health perspective and successful HIV therapies before it covers current quality measures related to HIV and future opportunities for medication use measurement in HIV prevention and treatment.”
The course is available online via PQA’s education center and can be taken at a cost of $60 for members and $90 for non-members. The cost for anyone who has completed the certificate program is $40. PQA said questions about member pricing, discounts and group purchasing should be directed to the PQA education team.