Quality Payments: Declarations can now be submitted

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Quality Payments: Declarations can now be submitted

February 4, 2019

Community pharmacy contractors are now able to make a declaration for a Quality Payment for the 15th February 2019 review point of the Quality Payments Scheme.

As for previous declarations, contractors wishing to claim a Quality Payment will be required to submit their declaration online to the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA); however, for the February 2019 review point, contractors will be able to claim for a Quality Payment via one of two routes, the Snap Survey tool (as used for previous declarations) or the Manage Your Service (MYS) application.

In addition, there is a new process for validating a contractor’s submission to confirm if they meet the gateway criteria and actions that contractors will need to take if NHSBSA cannot validate that a contractor’s submission meets all five of the gateway criteria.

PSNC Briefing 007/19: Quality Payments – Completing your declaration provides further information on how to make a declaration and the validation process for the gateway criteria; contractors are strongly encouraged to read this.

Contractors are reminded that the deadline for submitting a declaration for the Quality Payments Scheme is Friday 1st March 2019 at 11.59pm.

NHSBSA gateway criteria report

Contractors are encouraged to check the status of their compliance with the gateway criteria before they make their declaration by accessing the weekly gateway criteria report on the NHSBSA website, which details contractors who have been assessed, using national datasets, as meeting four of the five gateway criteria: NHS website; Advanced Services; Community Pharmacy Patient Questionnaire (CPPQ); and NHSmail (due to cyber security reasons, the report does not contain confirmation on compliance with the Warranted Environment Specification gateway criterion, that has been separately confirmed to contractors via an email sent by the NHSBSA).

The report, which was updated on Friday 1st February 2019, shows that only 7,412 (64%) contractors are currently meeting the four gateway criteria (the fifth gateway criterion, WES, is not included in this report).

Gateway criterion Number of contractors currently meeting the gateway criterion % of contractors currently meeting the gateway criterion
NHS website 8,217 71%
Advanced Services 11,271 97%
CPPQ 10,694 92%
NHSmail 9,978 86%

Contractors should be aware that the national datasets used for the report are updated weekly therefore any changes made in the week, will not show on the report until it is updated on the following Friday. For example, if a pharmacy’s NHS website profile is updated on Monday 4th February 2019 this will not show on the report on the NHSBSA website until the updated report is published on Friday 8th February 2019.



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