Special Sessions

First Timer Orientation Session, sponsored by 
Wednesday, May 10 |  2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
First time attendees to the PQA Annual Meeting are invited to join us for a special session to ensure that you make the most out of your experience.


Loren Kirk, Senior Director, Strategic Partnerships, Pharmacy Quality Alliance
Chris Kotschevar, Director, Stakeholder Engagement, Pharmacy Quality Alliance


How to Demonstrate the Value of Your Clinical Pharmacy Programs
sponsored by Walgreens
Wednesday, May 10 |  2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Today, many pharmacy outcomes are tied to traditional metrics such as adherence, but now more than ever, it’s critical to be able to calculate the broader impact to demonstrate larger value not only within pharmacy, but within the healthcare space overall.

Heather Kirkham, PhD, MPH, Director, Health Analytics, Research & Reporting, Walgreens


Hip Hop Step Aerobics with Brittany B!
Thursday, May 11
6:30 a.m. – 7:15 a.m.

You may have heard of step aerobics and may have seen it at many gyms, and studios, on the Internet, and even in home videos. However, the Xtreme Hip-Hop Step version of a step program is like no other! We have combined Xtreme cardio, the step board, hip-hop music, and LOTS of swag to give our participants a fresh spin on an old concept. Whether participants are beginners, advanced, old, or young, they all want a unique but effective workout. This Group Fitness Program provides a safe, fun, effective, and engaging class for all cultures and demographics.

Although the class traditionally uses an aerobic step board, NO EQUIPMENT will be used during the PQA Annual Meeting. All levels are welcome, with or without experience. Use the link below to review the basic call outs and get a feel for what a class will entail.

The class will be led by Brittany Boyd, Certified Xtreme Hip Hop Instructor (and Senior Manager Pharmacy Training & Support with PQS)!


Rethinking Adherence as Patient-Centric (not one-intervention-fits-all)
sponsored by 
Thursday, May 11 | 8:45 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

Adherence performance has been a critical component to MA plans' overall Star Ratings strategy ever since the measures were first introduced in 2012 and rightfully so. Not only are the measures for medication adherence targeting oral antidiabetic medications, RAS antagonists and statins each triple-weighted, nonadherence to these medications leads to higher cost of care and negative patient outcomes.

To achieve increased population-level performance, for many plans the strategy has been a one-to-many approach; identify an intervention that shows improvement and reach as many members as possible. However, this isn't without flaws. For example, one study showed members on a 90-days supply had a 6-10 percentage point improvement over those on a 30-days supply. While this may hold true at a population level, not every patient will benefit from an increased supply. In a world of ever-increasing performance goals and commitment to health equity, every patient matters.

The future of adherence requires a patient-centric approach, and the right tools to build programs that reach every member. 

Dani Markus, PharmD, MBA, Director, Payer Products and Clinical Programs, Outcomes
Matt Simmons, Product Manager, Payer Products, Outcomes


Leverage the Power of Real-Time Actionable Insights to Impact Star Ratings
sponsored by 
Thursday, May 11 | 1:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Rx data is the most important data in healthcare today; but it’s messyPatient data is valuable, but not when it sits in a siloCombining both to create real-time actionable insights is powerful and positively impacts value-based care initiatives, like Star Ratings. 

The MyMeds ACE Platform enables pharmacist-led care teams to go beyond adherence alone and address all the 3x-weighted clinical Part C and D Stars measures, which represent > 25% of the overall Star RatingOur AI is Actual IntelligenceWe have proven at scale that daily prioritization of gap opportunities and personalization of the member experience improves Stars outcomes, increases operational efficiency and reduces costs.

Rajiv R. Shah, MD,  Director, Chief Executive Officer, MyMeds

Listening Session
Friday, May 12 |  8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

A special listening session on food and nutrition security and its impact on a person’s ability to access medications and use them safely and effectively. 

Richard Schmitz, Chief Engagement Officer, Pharmacy Quality Alliance