QPS info for new pharmacies and pharmacies changing hands
Q. I am in the process of buying a pharmacy; who is responsible for completing the declaration on the NHS BSA website?
When a pharmacy has changed ownership during the data submission period, the contract holder on the day of the review is responsible for completing the declaration.
Q. My pharmacy has only recently opened – will I be eligible to take part in the Quality Payments Scheme?
As long as the pharmacy is on the pharmaceutical list in England on the day of the review period (28th April or 24th November 2017) then the pharmacy will be eligible to take part in the scheme.
However, the contractor will only be able to claim the quality points for the criteria that it is able to provide evidence of meeting at that review point. A pharmacy that has recently opened would need to consider how it would be able to provide evidence of meeting each of the gateway criteria to be eligible for a payment; and for each of the quality criteria it would wish to claim a payment for.
If the pharmacy has opened at a time which is close to the next review date it may then not have had the opportunity to gather the evidence that would be required to demonstrate meeting a particular criterion.
Q. If a pharmacy changes ownership between the two review points (28th April 2017 and 24th November 2017) how will it be treated for the Quality Payments Scheme?
Where a contractor changes ownership and the assets and liabilities transfer from one contractor to another, then the ODS (F) code of the original contractor is retained by the new one. In such situations, the Quality Payments will apply across the year; and quality criteria that can only be paid once – the safety report, the community pharmacy patient questionnaire and Healthy Living Pharmacy – will only be paid at one review point.
In other situations where the assets and liabilities do not transfer from one contractor to another then the ODS (F) code of the original contractor is cancelled and a new one is issued. In these situations, if the original contractor had received a Quality Payment in the first review period these can then be claimed again at the second review period by the “new” contractor. In these situations, the new contractor would be able to claim the full Quality Payment. However, this contractor would need to consider how it could provide the evidence that it, the new contractor, has met the gateway and quality criteria. In these cases, the new contractor would not be able to use the evidence that had been collated by the previous contractor as, in effect, new contractual arrangements have come into place as and when the ownership of the pharmacy changed. For example, the new contractor could not use a patient safety report generated by the previous owner to claim the safety report criterion.
If the pharmacy has changed ownership at a time which is close to the next review date it may then not have had the opportunity to gather the evidence that would be required to demonstrate meeting a particular criterion.
Q. If a pharmacy who claims for a Quality Payment at the first review point closes before the second review point will it still be eligible for a Quality Payment at the second review point?
No, the pharmacy must be on the pharmaceutical list in England on the day of the review period, 24th November 2017.
More FAQs can be found on the PSNC website here