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Over half of independents could miss out on £10m in quality payments

By Neil Trainis

PUBLISHED: April 18, 2017 | UPDATED: April 18, 2017

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More than half of independent pharmacies in England are at risk of missing out on their share of £10 million because they have failed to fulfil the criteria needed to secure the government’s quality payments, a major pharmacy wholesaler has warned.

AAH Pharmaceuticals said an analysis of 130 of its pharmacist customers found that over half “were not ready to meet” five of eight criteria within the quality payments scheme which was announced by the Department of Health as part of the community pharmacy contractual framework for 2017-18.

The results were drawn from AAH’s online quality payment assessment tool which revealed that pharmacies could lose out on £3,840 each.

“This is a significant finding because it suggests that independent pharmacies could be set to miss out on their share of over £10 million,” said Dawn Williams, head of customer development at Celesio UK, the parent company of AAH.

“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.”

Williams added: “Getting support now is important as points that are not claimed at the April review could mean missing out on vital funding.”