DURHAM, N.C., March 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- 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.
"Prime's work with PQS supports our purpose in helping people get the medicine they need to feel better and live well," said Scott Fries, senior vice president of government programs at Prime. "Together with the health plans we serve, we recognize the importance of providing pharmacies with the data and resources necessary to improve performance in the areas of medication adherence and patient safety. "We expect that this will empower the pharmacies to further focus their efforts on the quality-related issues of greatest importance to our Medicare and Medicaid plans."
EQuIPP (Electronic Quality Improvement Platform for Plans and Pharmacies) is a national platform from PQS for medication-related quality measurement, benchmarking and collaboration between health plans, prescription benefit managers, and community pharmacies. EQuIPP aggregates data from multiple health plans and pharmacies to measure the quality of medication use and makes this measurement available to all participants. By serving as a neutral intermediary for quality measurement and benchmarking, EQuIPP enables pharmacies and health plans to focus on improving the quality and safety of medication use.
"We are excited to collaborate with Prime Therapeutics to display health plan performance information through EQuIPP to their retail community pharmacies," said David Baker, Vice President of Managed Care for PQS. "It is clear that the leadership at Prime Therapeutics is committed to helping their health plans and network pharmacies track the quality of their patient-care services and continually strive to achieve the highest quality pharmacy benefit for their Medicare-Medicaid sponsored members."
The new working relationship and release of data will represent just over 1 million Medicare and more than 400,000 Medicaid lives across various states.
About Prime Therapeutics
Prime Therapeutics LLC (Prime) helps people get the medicine they need to feel better and live well. Prime manages pharmacy benefits for health plans, employers, and government programs including Medicare and Medicaid. The company processes claims and delivers medicine to members, offering clinical services for people with complex medical conditions. Headquartered in St. Paul, Minn., Prime serves more than 26 million people. It is collectively owned by 13 Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans, subsidiaries or affiliates of those plans. Prime has been recognized as one of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation.
For more information, visit www.primetherapeutics.com or follow @Prime_PBM on Twitter.
About Pharmacy Quality Solutions
Pharmacy Quality Solutions (PQS) is a joint venture of the Pharmacy Quality Alliance and CECity. Its primary service, EQuIPP™, is a performance information management platform that makes unbiased quality-related data available to health plans and community pharmacy organizations. EQuIPP™ brings standardization to the measurement of the quality of medication use and makes this information accessible and easy to understand. For more information, go to www.pharmacyquality.com or www.EQuIPP.org
Source: Pharmacy Quality Solutions
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