There is growing interest in measuring quality of care provided by community pharmacies to ensure patient safety and support value-based insurance designs. Due to the potential impact of quality rating programs on pharmacy revenue and patient care, the accuracy of data measurement methods is critical. This pilot project would compare two methods of data collection used to measure medication use: prescription claims data and verbal patient medication histories. The sample population will be randomly selected patients who consistently receive medications during a 3-month period from one chain pharmacy. The project objectives are to: 1 determine if discrepancies in medication use are identified when findings of the two methods are compared, 2 define the types and frequency of medication use discrepancies, if found, 3 identify factors that contributed to noted discrepancies, and, 4 recommend methods for improving the accuracy of measuring medication use among community pharmacy patients.
Sav-On Drugs, Inc.