Performance Data Date Range
The latest dataset was made available in EQuIPP™ as of Friday, May 17. This dataset now includes 6-month performance information based off of prescription drug claims from October 1, 2018 through March 31, 2019.
NOTE: Year-To-Date (YTD) performance data date raange: January 1, 2019 - March 31, 2019
This is the first reporting period which includes prescription claims for the 2019 year-to-date calculation. Pharmacies are still able to view their performance for the 2018 year by changing the measurement period view to “year-to-date” in your EQuIPP™ dashboard.
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 Report
The CDC Weekly Influenza Surveillance Report ending May 4, 2019, is showing that only 2 states are still experiencing widespread geographic influenza activity, however, another five flu-related pediatric deaths were reported to CDC, bringing the total of number of flu-related deaths in children this season 106. 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 – March 31, 2019
Immunization New! PQS Annual Influenza & Pneumonia Reporting Vaccination Status for Older Adults in EQuIPP™
NEW! Pharmacy Measures
• Medication Management in Persons with Asthma (Displayed as: Medication Management: Asthma)
• Antidepressant Medication Management (Displayed as: Antidepressant Management);
• Concurrent Use of Opioids and Benzodiazepines (Displayed as: Concurrent Use of Opioids and BZDs)
• The Adherence to Antipsychotic Medications for Individuals with Schizophrenia (SAA) measure (Displayed as: Adherence to Antipsychotics)
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)
EQuIPP™ Educational Videos Now Available Within "Resources" Page
EQuIPP™ educational videos are a valuable tool in understanding your quality measures, and they are now available within the EQuIPP™ platform.
Click on the "Resources" tab in EQuIPP™ and scroll down to "New! EQuIPP™ Videos and Need to Know Information." Hit the "Read More" button to gain access.
UPDATES & REMINDERS
Access twelve new EQuIPP™ educational videos by clicking here.
PQS EQuIPP™ Future Scheduled Maintenance
Starting Friday 5/31/2019 at 9:00 pm EST
Until Monday 6/3/2019 7:00 am EST
Please note there will be a necessary maintenance update for EQuIPP™ on Friday 5/31/2019 at 9 pm EST that will result in the intermittent availability of the EQuIPP™ platform through Monday 6/3/2019 at 7 am EST. The maintenance involves a system upgrade to the infrastructure that supports EQuIPP™. You may experience periods of downtime related to these updates, and we apologize for this inconvenience.
Please contact your Account Manager if you have any questions.
PQS Summarizes CMS Calendar Year 2020 Final Call Letter
PQS has summarized the Calendar Year 2020 Final Call Letter as it pertains to pharmacy and medication-related updates and how the proposed changes may have been finalized, confirmed, or changed.
Download it by clicking here. Inside our regulatory update, we provide a condensed high-level summary on page 2 of our report. We have also included stamp icons to help you easily navigate “Confirmed” and “Changed” elements of the report.