Quality Payments: NHS BSA online declaration now open

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Quality Payments: NHS BSA online declaration now open

April 10, 2017

Community pharmacy contractors are now able to access the Quality Payments online declaration portal on the NHS Business Services Authority (NHS BSA) website.

The portal, which opened at 9am today (Monday 10th April) will remain open until Friday 12th May 2017 11.59pm for contractors to complete their declarations. Although the first review date is not until Friday 28th April 2017, contractors can start adding data and will be able to re-enter the portal to add information at a later date before the portal closes. However, contractors must remember to re-enter the portal and submit the declaration before Friday 12th May 2017 11.59pm otherwise they will not be entitled to a Quality Payment.

Once a contractor has submitted their online declaration it cannot then be altered. It is, therefore, imperative that contractors check their declaration thoroughly before submitting their declaration on the website.

Once the declaration has been submitted the contractor will receive an email from NHS BSA confirming that the declaration has been successfully submitted and confirming the details that have been declared. This email should be retained by the pharmacy as proof that the declaration was submitted and the date of submission. The email will show how contractors have responded to each of the gateway and quality criteria.

PSNC Briefing 026/17: Quality Payments – Completing the NHS BSA Quality Payments declaration provides information on making the declaration and the questions which will be asked.

FAQs

Q. The declaration portal opens on Monday 10th April 2017 which is before the first review point (Friday 28th April 2017). Can I submit my declaration on the NHS BSA website for a Quality Payment before the review date?
Contractors can access the NHS BSA portal to make their declaration before the review point and it would be up to the contractor to decide if it is appropriate to submit their declaration before the review point.

Contractors can start adding data and will be able to re-enter the portal to add information at a later date before the portal closes; however, contractors must remember to re-enter the portal and submit the declaration before Friday 12th May 2017 11.59pm otherwise they will not be entitled to a Quality Payment.

Contractors can also submit their declaration before the review point, if they know they will definitely meet the criteria they are claiming for before the review date. Contractors are, however, reminded that once their declaration has been submitted, it cannot then be altered. It is therefore imperative that contractors are satisfied that the information they submit is correct.

Q. Do I need to submit evidence to the NHS BSA to show that I have met the gateway and quality criteria when I submit my declaration?
No. Evidence does not need to be submitted during the declaration process. However, contractors’ declarations of compliance with the gateway and quality criteria may be subject to spot checks by NHS England or NHS BSA as part of their usual monitoring process for the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework (the ‘contract’).

Q. Is it compulsory to complete the Quality Payments Scheme evaluation questions when completing the declaration on the NHS BSA website?
No, but NHS England is encouraging all contractors to complete the evaluation questions to support future developments in payments for quality.

Q. If I submit the declaration in error, part way through completing it, can I resubmit it?
No. It is not possible to resubmit the declaration, even if it was submitted in error.

Other FAQs on claiming Quality Payments can be found on the Quality Payments – FAQs page of the PSNC website.



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