Increasing Emphasis on CMR Completion Rates

March 18, 2015

As the quality measurement environment changes, pharmacists may shift their focus to new areas.

As the quality measurement environment changes, pharmacists may shift their focus to new areas.

In this video, Sam Stolpe, PharmD, senior director of Quality Strategies and Business Development at Pharmacy Quality Alliance, discusses a greater emphasis being placed on comprehensive medication reviews (CMR).

The US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Part C and Part D star ratings did not always include a CMR completion measure, as it had been placed under display measures.

The national average of CMR completion rates is around 11%, but CMS is now signaling that CMR will move into the star ratings, and there may be new incentives to increase this percentage, Dr. Stolpe says.

Community pharmacists specifically will be leveraged for their ability to provide this service, Dr. Stolpe notes.