Using and Licensing PQA Measures

PQA Measure Manual


The PQA Measure Manual includes the specifications for all PQA measures. PQA owns and maintains the performance measures, monitoring measures, and quality improvement indicators listed within this manual. The manual also provides guidelines and detailed specifications for implementation of the measures.

PQA Value Sets


PQA Value Sets, including National Drug Code (NDC) lists, are required to calculate PQA measures as specified. PQA updates the NDC lists twice annually and distributes the lists to licensees and authorized users of the  measures. 

Request the PQA Measure Manual and Value Sets


PQA members may request the current PQA Measure Manual for non-commercial purposes as a benefit of membership. A license may be required to receive the accompanying PQA value sets, including the NDC lists. Learn more about how to license measures by reviewing the Performance Measures Licensing Policy.

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Overview of PQA Measures

How to Get Technical Assistance


For additional information about our measures and FAQs, please visit our PQA Measures Overview page. You may also submit your questions to [email protected].

PQA Measure Use in the Medicare Part D Star Ratings


The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will include 14 individual measures of quality in the 2019 Medicare Part D Star ratings, with five PQA measures within the domain of Drug Safety and Accuracy of Drug Pricing.

Learn about PQA Measures in CMS Star Ratings and Display Measures

PQA Measure Use in the Health Insurance Marketplace Quality Rating System


The PQA Proportion of Days Covered (PDC): 3 Rates measure is currently used in the Health Insurance Marketplace Quality Ratings System. Qualified Health Plans requesting the the Value Sets, including the National Drug Code (NDC) lists and ESRD Value Set,  for the PDC: 3 Rates measure can learn more here.

Learn about PQA Measures in the Health Insurance Marketplace Quality Rating System