Independent pharmacies could miss out on nearly £4k each according to AAH

AAH Pharmaceuticals, part of Celesio UK, has found that more than half of independent pharmacies could miss out on up to £3840 as they were not ready to meet five out of eight quality criteria within the Quality Payments funding scheme, according to results from its online Quality Payment assessment tool.

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More than half of pharmacies who have used the tool following the funding cuts announcement in October are not fully prepared and therefore not able to meet quality payment criterion including guidance for the Patient Experience, Public Health, Digital, Clinical Effectiveness and Workforce criteria.

Commenting on the results, Dawn Williams, head of customer development at Celesio UK, says: “This is a significant finding because it suggests that independent pharmacies could be set to miss out on their share of over £10 million. It appears some contractors are not yet prepared to fulfil certain criteria such as the new asthma referral service and increasing the value of pharmacy intervention by utilising recorded patient data more effectively.

“We recognise this is an incredibly busy time of year for pharmacies making it difficult to plan and set up the required processes to provide evidence needed to claim their quality payment, so we have developed the Careway Quality Payment Toolkit to make it easier.

“The toolkit comprises a range of new modules and support materials which will help our customers to meet the eight Quality Criteria and will maximise the value of funding provided to them.

“We want to make it simple for our customers with our range of Careway support packs, how to guides and our Pharmacy Funding Hub online resource, all designed to help them prioritise the criterion that have two review points. Getting support now is important as points that are not claimed at the April review could mean missing out on vital funding.”

The Careway Quality Payment Toolkit is part of AAH’s ongoing commitment to offer customer focused service and delivery. To find out more, just visit http://toolkit.aahpharmacyfunding.co.uk/

The wholesaler offers further guidance on how to claim your quality payment through its new Pharmacy Funding Hub available at www.aah.co.uk