Performance Data Date Range
The latest dataset was made available in EQuIPP™ as of Wednesday, January 15th. This dataset now includes 6-month performance information based off of prescription drug claims from June 1, 2018 through November 30, 2018 and year-to-date performance information based on prescription drug claims from January 1, 2018 through November 30, 2018.
Please note that the performance measures hosted within the EQuIPP™ platform are calculated using prescription drug claims data that has been adjudicated to a health plan or pharmacy benefit manager that partners with EQuIPP™.
Quality Improvement Table for Pharmacies
As a reminder, the Quality Improvement Program (QIP) table for pharmacy users displays a pharmacy’s current performance for each health plan that has elected to share their plan-specific performance. Additionally, the table includes the performance goal for each measure and a percentile rank to help give perspective to the pharmacy’s performance for each health plan or program. If you see “N/A” as the percentile rank – the pharmacy has not met the minimum number of patients needed in the measure to complete the calculation.
CDC Influenza Surveillance ReportThe CDC Weekly Influenza Surveillance Report ending December 29, 2018, is showing that 19 states plus New York are experiencing high influenza activity, and the number of states reporting widespread geographic flu activity went from 11 states to 24 states. A full situation update summary can be found following this CDC link.
The Influenza Vaccination measurement period will be available with the measurement period beginning on June 1st continuing through measurement period to March 31st, 2019 (May 2019 EQuIPP™ release will represent the end of reporting for this measurement period). Due to a new flu season, you may see a performance score of “0%” for the first Influenza Vaccination measurement period (June 1st – July 31st), until the measurement period captures vaccine administrations that would typically begin to take place in August.
• Current reporting period immunization performance data date range: June 1, 2018 – November 30, 2018
NEW! Pharmacy Measures
• Medication Management in Persons with Asthma (Displayed as: Medication Management: Asthma)
• Antidepressant Medication Management (Displayed as: Antidepressant Management)
NEW! Specialty Pharmacy Measures
• Adherence to Non-Infused Disease-Modifying Agents Used to Treat Multiple Sclerosis (Specialty) (Displayed as: Multiple Sclerosis Adherence)
• Proportion of Days Covered: Antiretroviral (Specialty) (Displayed as: Antiretroviral PDC)
• Treatment of Chronic Hepatitis C - Completion of Therapy (Specialty) (Displayed as: Hep C: Completion of Therapy)
UPDATES & REMINDERS
Flu Season is Here!
Flu vaccines are in full swing. Have you considered further engaging your pharmacy staff to drive immunization results?
Certain provider plans host flu immunization data in EQuIPP™. Strategize and create a plan with your pharmacy team to reach your goals by reviewing the Immunization tab in EQuIPP™.
Pharmacy Quality Solutions has a redesigned webpage. Visit www.pharmacyquality.com to check it out.
Access five new EQuIPP™ educational videos by clicking here.
MLK Holiday EQuIPP™ Program Support Notice
EQuIPP™ will be running with limited support staff on Monday January 21, 2019 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Support requests will be monitored to ensure any urgent items shall be addressed on this day. All non-urgent requests on Monday shall be answered beginning Tuesday January 22, 2019.Thank you again for partnering with us to improve the quality of care in the lives of the patients that you serve.
- The Team at Pharmacy Quality Solutions
The Resources tab has updated with new CE opportunities. Under the New! Patient Safety & Immunizations section, check out new CE activities.
EQuIPP™ Need to Know Brochure
If you need a quick EQuIPP™ refresher for 2019 or a team guide to learn more about EQuIPP™, PQS has made its Need to Know brochure available for download in PDF format.
This guide touches on:
• What is EQuIPP™?
• Performance measures
• Pharmacy scores
• Patient outliers
• Improving patient outliers
• EQuIPP™ measurement periods
• EQuIPP™ Support
There is also a review of a typical EQuIPP™ refresh timeline.
Please download the EQuIPP™ Need to Know Brochure today and look for more educational EQuIPP™ handouts and publications in 2019.