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Our Company
Pharmacy Quality Solutions is the leading provider of performance management services for payer and pharmacy organizations. We deliver the quality insights and guidance necessary to support our customers' efforts to optimize the quality of medication use for the populations they serve.
Our Approach
We believe that meaningful improvement is obtained in the presence of relentless measurement and that good measurement is simple, timely, and reliable.
 
Solutions
EQuIPP is a performance information management platform that makes unbiased, benchmarked performance data available to both health plans and community pharmacy organizations.

EQuIPP brings a level of standardization to the measurement of the quality of medication use, and makes this information acessible and easy to understand. By doing so, EQuIPP facilitates an environment where prescription drug plans and community pharmacies can engage in strategic relationships to address improvements in the quality of medication use.

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News
Pharmacy Quality Solutions announces a significant milestone EQuIPP™ encompasses prescription claims data for more than 55% of Medicare beneficiaries nationwide, which combined with the Medicaid and Commercial lives, results in prescription claims data for nearly 25 million lives. Read more here.

Rite Aid implements EQuIPP across all of its pharmacies Rite Aid on Wednesday announced that all of the company’s pharmacists in its almost 4,600 stores have started using Pharmacy Quality Solutions’ EQuIPP platform to access performance data and metrics. “Value-based healthcare is here to stay and that’s why it’s important for Rite Aid to provide our pharmacists with the resources and tools they need to deliver improved health outcomes for their patients,” Rite Aid EVP pharmacy Jocelyn Konrad said. Read more here.

Pharmacy Quality Solutions Announces Kmart® Pharmacy's Implementation of Their EQuIPP™ Platform to Ensure Best Possible Performance Today, Kmart® pharmacies announced that it is implementing Pharmacy Quality Solutions' EQuIPP™ information-management platform to aid its network of pharmacies to track quality performance metrics and to enhance patient-centered care and clinical outcomes. Read more here.

Prime Therapeutics Selects EQuIPP as Platform for Collaboration with Community Pharmacies for Continuous Improvement of Quality Pharmacy Quality Solutions, Inc. (PQS) announces that it will work with Prime Therapeutics LLC (Prime) to support collaboration of prescription drug plans and community pharmacies for continuous improvement of medication-use quality. Starting in the second quarter of 2015, Prime will display quality measurement data for the Medicare and Medicaid plans that it serves to community pharmacies via PQS' EQuIPP platform. Read more here.


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Who We Are
Pharmacy Quality Solutions, Inc. (PQS) is a joint venture created to fill the need to connect medication use stakeholders to quality information in a consistent and reliable fashion, allowing them to move more quickly from measurement to improvement. Our hallmark service is EQuIPP, the first national pharmacy quality measurement, benchmarking, and reporting platform for pharmacies and health plans. EQuIPP provides consistent and reliable measurement and reporting on key medication use quality measures, including those addressing medication adherence and patient safety, and makes this measurement available and easily understandable.

History
Pharmacy Quality Solutions was founded in 2013 and is a joint venture of the Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA), a primary developer of medication use quality measures, and CECity.com, Inc., a leading provider of cloud-based quality reporting and performance improvement platforms.

Prior to forming the joint venture the EQuIPP service was incubated in a beta phase throughout 2012. In concept, EQuIPP was born from a collaboration between a health plan, a national community pharmacy organization, and a technology partner in 2008, and has been tested in various iterations since then.

Our Approach
You can't manage what you don't measure. We believe that meaningful improvement is obtained in the presence of relentless measurement and that good measurement is timely, reliable, actionable, and simply understood.

The leadership and staff at PQS deliver the quality insights and guidance necessary to support our customers' efforts to optimize the quality of medication use for the populations they serve.


Careers
We enjoy working with passionate, quality-minded people... and we're hiring! The following positions are currently open. Contact uswith your interest or questions about the available positions.

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Durham, NC Vice President, Payer Relations

PQS Leadership

David Medvedeff
Chairman of the Board
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Mark Conklin
Interim President
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Elliott Sogol
VP, Professional Relations
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Quality Consultants

Nick Dorich
Senior Consultant
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Amy Scott
Consultant
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Zac Renfro
Consultant
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Managed Care

Todd Sega
Manager, Payer Relations
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EQuIPP
EQuIPP (Electronic Quality Improvement Platform for Plans & Pharmacies) is a performance information management platform that makes unbiased, benchmarked performance data available to both health plans and community pharmacy organizations.

EQuIPP brings a level of standardization to the measurement of the quality of medication use, and makes this information accessible and easy to understand. By doing so, EQuIPP facilitates an environment where prescription drug plans and community pharmacies can engage in strategic relationships to address improvements in the quality of medication use. Check out EQuIPP here.

PQS Insights
At each stage of your organization's quality improvement process, PQS experts are there to provide intelligence that helps move your strategy to the next level.

If you're just getting started, we help define your improvement opportunities and help you understand what type of improvement program may best fit your needs. For those with an existing program in place, we provide a continuous fedback loop and work to evolve the program through continual assessment and monitoring of the improvement opportunities available.Contact usfor more information.


Rite Aid brings EQuIPP platform to all its pharmacies
12.16.2015 - Rite Aid on Wednesday announced that all of the company’s pharmacists in its almost 4,600 stores have started using Pharmacy Quality Solutions’ EQuIPP platform to access performance data and metrics. Rite Aid is the largest chain to use EQuIPP for its pharmacists.

“Value-based healthcare is here to stay and that’s why it’s important for Rite Aid to provide our pharmacists with the resources and tools they need to deliver improved health outcomes for their patients,” Rite Aid EVP pharmacy Jocelyn Konrad said. “Our pharmacists are committed to providing excellent care to their customers, and with EQuIPP, we’re empowering them to make an even greater difference in the health and wellbeing of their customers and succeed in today’s healthcare environment.” Read more here.

Pharmacy Quality Solutions announces a significant milestone
10.26.2015 - EQuIPP encompasses prescription claims data for more than 55% of Medicare beneficiaries nationwide, combined with the Medicaid and Commercial lives tracked, results in prescription claims data for nearly 25 million lives. Read more here.

Health Mart encourages members to become ‘better than better’
07.08.2015 - Utilizing EQuIPP™ to drive performance improvements, Health Mark strives to engage pharmacies to perform within the top 20% of one or more CMS Medicare Part D Star Ratings measures. “That’s the major thing that the EQuIPP results have given us. It has given us facts to prove it: we can look at those relationships that alter behaviors and improve adherence. That’s meaningful,” Tony Willoughby, Health Mart’s Chief pharmacist said. Read more from the interview with Steve Courtman, Health Mart president and Tony Willoughby here.

Pharmacy Quality Solutions Announces Kmart® Pharmacy's Implementation of Their EQuIPP™ Platform to Ensure Best Possible Performance
05.01.15 - Today, Kmart® pharmacies announced that it is implementing Pharmacy Quality Solutions' EQuIPP™ information-management platform to aid its network of pharmacies to track quality performance metrics and to enhance patient-centered care and clinical outcomes. "We are excited at the opportunity to have our pharmacists fully understand the impact that they have on patient care by utilizing the EQuIPP platform," says Phil Keough, president, Kmart Pharmacy. "Our pharmacists have a commitment to the highest standards of quality and look forward to partnering more closely with health plans that are seeking better quality for their members." Kmart pharmacists are prepared to move forward with the shift to quality-focused pharmacy networks and outcome-driven payment models that are innovating the industry. More.

Prime Therapeutics Selects EQuIPP as Platform for Collaboration with Community Pharmacies for Continuous Improvement of Quality
03.23.15 - Pharmacy Quality Solutions, Inc. (PQS) announces that it will work with Prime Therapeutics LLC (Prime) to support collaboration of prescription drug plans and community pharmacies for continuous improvement of medication-use quality. Starting in the second quarter of 2015, Prime will display quality measurement data for the Medicare and Medicaid plans that it serves to community pharmacies via PQS' EQuIPP platform. This will assist pharmacies in their efforts to improve medication-related quality measures including those that that are involved in the Medicare Star Ratings. More.

Sav-Mor Drug Stores Implement the EQuIPP Platform
09.09.14 - Sav-Mor is implementing Pharmacy Quality Solutions’ EQuIPP information management platform to aid its network of pharmacies to better track quality performance metrics and to improve patient centered care and clinical outcomes.

“The Sav-Mor organization is in a position to move forward with the shift to value-based outcome metrics. We are excited at the opportunity to have our pharmacists fully understand the impact that they have on patient care by utilizing the EQuIPP platform. Our pharmacies are leading the charge in the current healthcare marketplace of accountable care, CMS Star ratings, medication adherence, and bundled payments. Today’s emphasis must be on innovative and improved patient care,” said Sav-Mor President Rich Grossman. More

TriNet Third Party Network Partners with EQuIPP
08.01.14 - TriNet Third Party Network and PBA Health are proud to announce their partnership with EQuIPP™, the leading performance assessment platform for key medication quality measurements.

“Today’s healthcare payers place value on quality and performance more than ever before,” said Jim Young, J.D., Director of Third Party Services at PBA Health. “The industry’s growing focus on empirical metrics means it’s critical for TriNet member pharmacies to monitor clinical activities that affect patient safety and outcomes.” More

EPIC Pharmacy Network Partners with PQS to Implement EQuIPP Platform
07.08.14 - EPIC Pharmacy Network, Inc. (EPN) is pleased to announce the availability of EQuIPP™, a national online platform that performs medication and clinical related quality measurement, to its 2,000 independent pharmacy members.

“EPN is proud to provide our independent pharmacy members with both a way to monitor their impact on patient care and the resources and support to improve performance,” says EPIC Pharmacy Network President Angelo Voxakis, P.D.

EPN will provide educational resources, including a series of live webinars, and offer direct support. EQuIPP™ is the latest solution offered to EPN members to help independent pharmacies succeed. Additional network tools include RxRegulatorTM, pharmacy benefits manager (PBM) contracting, helpdesk services, and more. More

Healthfirst® Selects EQuIPP™ to Support Improvement of Medicare Star Ratings
05.28.14 - Healthfirst has announced a partnership with Pharmacy Quality Solutions, Inc. (PQS) to improve CMS Star Ratings performance for its 120,000 Medicare Advantage members in the New York area. Beginning July 15th, 2014 PQS will display quality measurement data to community pharmacies via EQuIPP for Healthfirst Medicare Advantage members and will support plan-pharmacy collaboration for continuous improvement of medication-use quality.

“Healthfirst recognizes the importance of partnering with our community pharmacies on improving medication-use quality in our members. Our goal is to provide our pharmacies the ability to leverage EQuIPP™ to track and improve their performance for Healthfirst members in these critical measures that focus on medication adherence and patient safety,” said Jay Schechtman MD, MBA, Healthfirst Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer. “We aim to bring positive health outcomes to our members by partnering together to drive quality improvement.” More

Value Drug Provides Quality Platform to Improve Patient Outcomes
05.25.14 - Value Drug, a regional pharmaceutical distributor owned by a cooperative of Independent Pharmacies, announced on Monday that it has implemented Pharmacy Quality Solutions' EQuIPP platform to assist their pharmacies in improving patient care and clinical outcomes. By accessing the EQuIPP platform, each store will be able to able to benchmark its performance and identify areas for improvement.

“As an independent pharmacy centered organization, Value Drug recognizes the importance of focus on patient’s medication management and outcomes. Providing the EQuIPP platform will help all of our pharmacies to perform at the highest measured levels of quality in pharmacy today” Paul Levesque, Corporate Director of Pharmacy Development for Value Drug said. More

PQS Announces QRS Services for Insurance Marketplace Health Plans
05.21.14 - The CMS Marketplace Quality Team announced on Monday, May 19th, the final 2015 Quality Rating System (QRS) Beta Test Measure set. This set of measures will apply to the Qualified Health Plans (QHPs) offered in the Marketplaces in 2014, and includes measures of medication adherence for patients using Renin Angiotensin System (RAS) Antagonists, Non-Insulin Diabetes Medications, and Statins.

PQS, through their EQuIPP platform, has experience in calculating these measures for health plans using the PDC method. EQuIPP is currently used by many health plans to track their Part D star measures (including PDC rates) in almost real-time, benchmark against other health plans, and evaluate their pharmacy network performance. EQuIPPTM also enables the distribution of pharmacy-level performance information to the pharmacy network to support quality improvement. More

CIPN Offers PQS's EQuIPP Dashboard to Member Pharmacies
03.21.14 - The objectives in making this resource available to CIPN members include the opportunity to empower each pharmacy location to better understand their own ratings in order to “manage” their performance, and enhancing the quality of care provided to patients receiving services at these locations. “As a PSAO, we will be able to use the pharmacy related measures to represent our network providers with contracting strategies as it pertains to Medicare Part D preferred networks.” More

PQS Names Director of Managed Care
02.24.14 - Pharmacy Quality Solutions, Inc. (PQS), announced the hiring of David Baker, PharmD, to fill the newly created position of Director of Managed Care. Most recently, Baker was Vice President of Pharmacy for Coventry Health Care wherein he oversaw the clinical programs for Coventry’s Medicare Part D plans. As PQS continues to work collaboratively with health plans, PBMs, and pharmacies, PQS tapped Baker to lead its services for the managed care sector. More

MedHere Today to Use EQuIPP in their Medication Adherence Program
02.11.14 - MedHere Today, a community pharmacy based medication adherence consulting group, today announced it has implemented Pharmacy Quality Solutions' EQuIPP information management platform in their MedHere Today client pharmacies.

"The EQuIPP Dashboard is a terrific learning tool for our pharmacies, and we're excited to use it within our adherence program," said MedHere Today owner, Richard Logan, Jr. PharmD. "Measuring pharmacy performance has never been more important for community pharmacy owners, and now with EQuIPP, MedHere Today pharmacies can watch the needle move." More

United Drugs to Implement PQS' EQuIPP platform
01.30.14 - United Drugs, a member-owned pharmacy services administration organization, has announced that it is implementing Pharmacy Quality Solutions’ EQuIPP information-management platform to help its network of 1,300 independent pharmacies better understand performance metrics and to improve patient care and clinical outcomes.

“With the shift to value-based purchasing, the U.S. healthcare system faces significant transformation. Payers are navigating the complexities of a new reimbursement environment, and independent pharmacists must be able to show value by driving quality metrics and positive outcomes,” stated Robert McMahan, President of United Drugs. More

CARE Pharmacies Implement PQS's EQuIPP Quality Platform
01.06.14 - CARE Pharmacies, an 85 store regional drug chain of independent community pharmacies operating in 9 states... announced that it has implemented Pharmacy Quality Solutions’ EQuIPP software to benchmark and identify areas for improvement in each of its locations aimed at improving patient care and clinical outcomes.

“As independent pharmacies, our uniqueness lies in our ability to drive better quality of service and better patient outcomes,” Michael Wysong, CEO, of CARE Pharmacies said. “Now we can actually measure that quality.” “As more performance networks evolve and payor models continue to shift from fee for service to fee for value, it is imperative that our members have the tools to stay competitive and to retain access to the patients that value the programs and services that they provide.” More

AmerisourceBergen Partners With PQS
12.18.13 - AmerisourceBergen Corporation (NYSE:ABC) today announced a CMS Star measure improvement initiative for members of the Good Neighbor Pharmacy network, a group of more than 3,200 independent pharmacies across the nation.

“CMS has been evaluating health plans on Star measures for years. The shift in the healthcare industry to performance-based care has made a plan’s star rating a critical factor for the community pharmacy, especially since five of the performance measures, 48% of the total Part D star rating, are related to medication management,” said AJ Caffentzis, Senior Vice President at AmerisourceBergen. “AmerisourceBergen is committed to the success of community pharmacy and is proud to provide this critical educational initiative to our Good Neighbor Pharmacy members. This is the latest example of how AmerisourceBergen is shaping healthcare delivery.”

The CMS Star measure improvement initiative includes an agreement with Pharmacy Quality Solutions, Inc. to bring EQuIPP™ to Good Neighbor Pharmacy members. More

Cardinal & PQS Get Started
12.09.13 - Pharmacy Quality Solutions, Inc. announced today 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," said Steve Lawrence, senior vice president of Independent Sales for 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."

Lawrence also noted that while the company 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. More

Health Mart & PQS Partner
12.06.13 - Health Mart®, a community franchise of more than 3,000 independently owned pharmacies across all 50 states, announced today that it will offer its member pharmacies access to EQuIPP™, an online information management platform that makes pharmacy performance data available to health plans and community pharmacy organizations. Once the platform is made available to Health Mart stores, they will be able to review their unique performance data, compare them to a benchmark, and then identify areas for improvement in patient care and clinical outcomes.

“As the old adage goes, you can’t manage what you don’t measure. We are pleased to have partnered with PQS and to provide our Health Mart franchisees access to EQuIPP pharmacy performance data,” said Steve Courtman, president, Health Mart. More

PQS & VoicePort Team Up
08.09.13 - VoicePort also announced today a new strategic partnership with Pharmacy Quality Solutions (PQS), a company that offers analytical measurement tools on key pharmacy performance metrics in support of Medicare Part D Star Rating measures. The EQuIPPTM system from PQS offers neutral assessment of quality-related performance and lays a foundation for performance-based contracts and payment systems for pharmacy networks. "Offering our clients these enhanced measurement analytic tools will allow them to track their performance on a consistent and standardized format as they roll out key pharmacy adherence and clinical programs", " said Christopher Mann. Mann further commented, "We are very excited to offer this added level of pharmacy collaboration in support of healthcare plans in an automated format to help measure progress on key metrics within the pharmacy. More

EQuIPP Selected as a Neutral Intermediary for Pharmacy Pay-for-Performance
08.05.13 - Pharmacy Quality Solutions, Inc. (PQS), announced that its EQuIPP platform has been selected by Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP), a not-for-profit public health plan in southern California, as a neutral intermediary for performance measurement in IEHP's Pay-for-Performance (P4P) program for pharmacies. EQuIPP is the first national platform for pharmacy quality measurement, benchmarking, and feedback. By serving as a neutral third party for evaluation of the quality of patient medication use, EQuIPP™ enables pharmacies and health plans to implement performance-based payment systems with assurance that the measurement of performance will be consistent and accurate. More

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