Strategic Goals & Initiatives

NCPDP’s Strategic Planning Committee serves an important role within the organization, with specific responsibilities supporting NCPDP’s vision and purpose, and ensuring NCPDP’s strategic growth. As such, its committee members are knowledgeable about healthcare, pharmacy and technology industry trends, advances and challenges. The committee identifies key strategic issues that may impact NCPDP, industry participants and patient safety issues.

With guidance from NCPDP’s Board of Trustees, the Strategic Planning Committee develops goals and initiatives, monitors progress and recommends updates as necessary. The NCPDP Board of Trustees approves the goals and initiatives in May each year, for implementation over the next twelve months.

NCPDP’s strategic initiatives support our purpose, vision and the important role of standards in patient safety.

Universal Patient Identifier

Lead an educational effort that focuses on the critical importance of patient identification and the challenges to patient safety and interoperability.

The Universal Patient Identifier (UPI), powered by Experian Health UIM and NCPDP Standards™, is a standards-based, vendor-neutral and provider-neutral solution for accurately managing patient matching and identification across the healthcare ecosystem. The UPI is a pass-through number that is not known to the patient or provider. The ability to achieve the patient safety benefits of the UPI relies on its propagation throughout the healthcare ecosystem using NCPDP’s Telecommunication Standard and SCRIPT Standard.

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Real-Time Prescription Benefit (RTPB) Standard

Increase industry awareness of NCPDP’s role in transforming healthcare and expand NCPDP’s ability to create solutions throughout the healthcare industry.

Access to real-time prescription benefit information has the potential to transform the patient experience and speed time to therapy by making patients’ formulary and benefit information available to providers at the point of prescribing. NCPDP’s Real-Time Prescription Benefit (RTPB) Standard can bring an unprecedented level of transparency and actionable clinical information to all healthcare providers.

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NCPDP Standards-based Facilitators Model for PDMP,
An Interoperable Framework for Patient Safety

Continue our campaign to gain industry and policy support for NCPDP’s Interoperable PDMP Solution; see it to implementation.

The NCPDP Standards-based Facilitators Model for PDMP, An Interoperable Framework for Patient Safety, is a standards-based model to prevent diversion, ensure appropriate access and protect patients. It fortifies gaps in current PDMPs, providing proactive, actionable data at the points of prescribing using NCPDP’s SCRIPT Standard, and dispensing, using our Telecommunication Standard, as well as clinical alerts which are provided by Private Sector Facilitators as detailed in our model.

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Specialty Pharmacy Expansion

Expand member footprint among specialty pharmacy domain by engaging key influencers to promote NCPDP as the logical venue for the industry to engage and develop the next generation of interoperable solutions for care coordination.

The rapidly growing specialty pharmacy market is highly specialized and therefore unable to take full advantage of the efficiencies enabled by our existing standards. The potential to have an impact on specialty pharmacy is a natural fit with our purpose and vision, leveraging standards to streamline complex business needs and have an impact on improving health outcomes for patients receiving targeted, high-touch therapies. It also supports increased membership and participation by specialty pharmacy in our other standardization work. Our February 2018 Specialty Pharmacy Stakeholder Action Group validated strong interest in standardization using NCPDP’s multi-stakeholder, consensus-building process. An outcome was a request to form a work group to bring greater focus and coordination to developing standards for the electronic exchange of data in specialty pharmacy. A follow-up Specialty Pharmacy SAG was held in May 2018 during work group meetings and NCPDP's 2018 Annual Conference. In June, the Standardization Committee and NCPDP Board of Trustees approved the formation of WG18 Specialty Pharmacy. The new work group will give the segment a home to prioritize and work on workflows and transactions that would benefit from standardization. This can, in turn, fortify our existing standards, which do not fully address the level of complexity for all stakeholders involved in specialty – including patients.

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Read progress updates about our Strategic Goals and Initiatives in our Annual Reports.

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