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About the Foundation
The NCPDP Foundation funds research that can transform the way your healthcare providers communicate with one another and with you, leading to better and safer healthcare. Our focus is on increasing the use of standards to make the electronic exchange of healthcare information more accurate, complete and timely.
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Research Priorities
Industry standards provide the framework for an interoperable healthcare ecosystem with better communication and coordination among everyone involved in a patient’s care. Donations to the NCPDP Foundation fund research and pilots to accelerate adoption of those standards. The priority is on projects that validate the benefits of implementing NCPDP standards that improve medication safety, timely access to needed medications, and adherence to medication therapies.
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Recent Grants
Most recently, the Foundation awarded grants for projects that will help: prevent unnecessary dispensing of controlled substances, thereby helping to abate the opioid crisis; provide prescription benefit and patient out-of-pocket cost information at the point of care to increase speed to therapy and adherence to medications; decrease adverse events that harm patients when a prescription is discontinued, but not cancelled.
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NCPDP Foundation Opens Its Call for Grant Proposals, Due April 30

The NCPDP Foundation Board of Trustees announced its call for grant proposals. The Foundation, which has awarded nearly 1.2 million in grants in recent years, seeks to fund projects that demonstrate the value of existing or new NCPDP Standards in supporting NCPDP Foundation strategic Initiatives: Expanding the Role and Value of the Pharmacist; Expanding Patient Access to Care; Enhancing Patient Safety; and Empowering Coordination of Care and Innovation. Areas of Interest include health equity, pharmacogenomics, value-based arrangements, digital therapeutics, pharmacist-supported clinical services, and more. Proposals must meet the grant proposal requirements and be submitted electronically by 5:00 p.m. MST on April 30, 2024, to be considered for the current grant funding cycle. Read More.

NCPDP Foundation Awards $150,000 Grant to RxLive to Automate Tracking of Physician Adoption of Pharmacists’ Clinical Recommendations

The NCPDP Foundation Board of Trustees has awarded a $150,000 grant to RxLive, a provider of population health pharmacy solutions, to automate, track and quantify providers’ response to pharmacists’ clinical recommendations to measure the value of pharmacist-led interventions. The project will use NCPDP standards to automate the process of capturing providers’ acceptance of pharmacist recommendations to show the impact and value that pharmacist-led clinical interventions can have on patient care. It will aim to establish bidirectional communication for sharing data among the patient care team to coordinate care and can be used to demonstrate and document progress and performance measures for value-based arrangements. Read More.

NCPDP Foundation Announces $83,000 Grant to RxEOB.Com, LLC, Marking the Foundation’s First Grant Supporting Consumer Access to Real-time Data Using NCPDP Standards

The grant will be used to fund an innovative project that will use NCPDP’s real-time standards to make it easy and convenient for consumers to view medication options, alternatives and cost information, as well as payment assistance options and the ability to select their preferred medication and pharmacy before a prescription is filled. This is the NCPDP Foundation’s first grant funding a project that uses the same NCPDP industry standards available to prescribers, pharmacists, and other healthcare industry participants, to bring consumers transparency and choice on prescription medications. The new, consumer-facing use of NCPDP’s industry standards can help improve medication adherence and outcomes, patient safety, and enhance efficiencies to improve the healthcare experience for patients, pharmacists, and prescribers. Read More.

Recent Grants Making a Difference! We are pleased to share the findings of two grants have now been published!

Read about Phase 1 of the Foundation’s Grant to STChealth for the Pilot Launch of NCPDP’s National Facilitator Model to Strengthen Pandemic and Epidemic Preparedness & Response and Support Public Health Surveillance. Read More.

Learn about the NCPDP Foundation’s Grant to the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health for RxFill: An Innovative Approach to Support Medication Adherence. Read More.

NCPDP Foundation Awards $79,000 Grant to Digital Therapeutics Alliance to Address Key Barrier for Patient Access to Clinically Validated Digital Therapeutic Products

Digital Therapeutics Alliance will research current obstacles or barriers to health plan coverage of DTx therapies and develop standardized pharmacy and medical benefit workflows to show how DTx products can be integrated into benefit designs. The grant supports the NCPDP Foundation’s strategic initiative to Expand Patient Access to Care in alignment with NCPDP’s strategic goal to explore how standards can support a pharmacist’s role in digital therapeutics. Findings from the research project will also include recommendations for enhancements to existing NCPDP standards or a new NCPDP standard to support DTx products. Read More.

NCPDP Foundation Announces its Call for Grant Proposals, Due July 31, 2023

The NCPDP Foundation Board of Trustees announced its call for grant proposals that demonstrate the value of NCPDP standards in supporting patient safety, access to care and the expanded role of pharmacists. Grant proposals must meet the grant proposal requirements and be submitted electronically by July 31, 2023, to be considered for the current grant funding cycle. Areas of interest include: Value of Specialty Medication Enrollment Standard; Pharmacy Services Billing Transaction; Other NCPDP Standards That Support Value-based Arrangements, Precision Medicine, Social Determinants of Health, Digital Therapeutics or the NCPDP National Facilitator Model. Read More.

NCPDP Foundation Awards $102,300 Research Grant to University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy to Evaluate the NCPDP/HL7 Specialty Medication Enrollment Standard

The NCPDP Foundation Board of Trustees announced it has awarded a $102,300 research grant to the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy to evaluate the quality of data obtained from EHRs using the NCPDP/HL7 Specialty Medication Enrollment Standard. The Standard provides for the exchange of patient demographic data, as well as coverage, prescription, and clinical data for pharmacy dispensing of specialty medications. It also facilitates enrollment of patients in programs offered by third parties such as hub vendors and pharmaceutical manufacturers. The research project aims to evaluate the frequency at which information received by specialty pharmacy from EHRs is populated; evaluate the quality of information received by specialty pharmacy from EHRs using a comprehensive evidence-based data quality framework; and evaluate the clinical usefulness of information received by specialty pharmacy. Read More.

Foundation Funded Pilot Project Announced: NCPDP Announces Pilot Launch of its National Facilitator Model to Strengthen Pandemic and Epidemic Preparedness & Response and Support Public Health Surveillance

Funding for the pilot project is provided by an NCPDP Foundation grant of $150,000 awarded to STChealth. NCPDP announced the pilot launch of its National Facilitator Model which can be used to provide real-time information on prescription, testing, immunization, and related data to pharmacies, prescribers and government agencies to aid in pandemic and epidemic response, proactive intervention and public health surveillance. Read More.

NCPDP Foundation Awards $295,000 in Grants to Enhance Patient Safety, Expand Patient Access to Care, & Expand the Role & Value of Pharmacists

Three grants were awarded in the NCPDP Foundation’s first grant cycle of 2022. Research projects will explore the value and untapped potential of the RxFill or RxChange transactions in the NCPDP SCRIPT Standard. The grants support the NCPDP Foundation’s strategic initiatives to Enhance Patient Safety, Expand Patient Access to Care, and Expand the Role and Value of the Pharmacist. Read More.

NCPDP Foundation Awards Grant to University of Arizona R. Ken Coit College of Pharmacy to Identify Barriers to Using Indication/Diagnosis Fields in NCPDP Standards

Research Project Will Explore Barriers to the Use of Clinical Indication or Diagnosis – Underutilized Fields in NCPDP’s SCRIPT and Telecommunication Standards – Which Can Aid Pharmacists in DUR, Reduce Prescribing Errors, Improve Medication Counseling, and Speed Patient Access to Medications and Adherence. Read More.

NCPDP Foundation Announces its Second 2022 Call for Grant Proposals

The NCPDP Foundation Board of Trustees announced its second 2022 call for grant proposals that demonstrate the value of NCPDP standards in supporting patient safety, access to care and the expanded role of pharmacists. Grant proposals must meet the grant proposal requirements and be submitted electronically by August 18, 2022, to be considered for the current grant funding cycle. Read More.

NCPDP Foundation Awards $157,433 Grant to Xact Laboratories to Integrate Pharmacogenomic Data into PBM Systems and Help Inform Pharmacists’ Clinical Decision-Making via NCPDP Standards

The NCPDP Foundation Board of Trustees has awarded a $157,433 grant to Xact Laboratories to integrate pharmacogenomic (PGx) data into Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) systems and/or Pharmacy Benefit Administrator modules to share clinical alerts with pharmacists using NCPDP Standards. Read More.

NCPDP Foundation Announces GoodRx as its Access to Care Founders Gift Donor to Advance Research Priorities

The NCPDP Foundation is pleased to have named GoodRx as its Patient Access to Care Founders Gift Donor. Frannie McGowan, Chief Executive Officer of Scriptcycle, LLC (a wholly owned subsidiary of GoodRx), will serve as the Patient Access to Care Chair for the Foundation’s Newly Established National Advisory Council (NAC). GoodRx’s donation of $100,000 and Frannie’s support as Chair will support future research projects to help enhance patient access to quality health care. Read More

NCPDP Foundation Announces Surescripts as its Role & Value of Pharmacists Founders Gift Donor to Advance Research Priorities

The NCPDP Foundation today announced Surescripts as its Role & Value of Pharmacist Founders Gift Donor. Surescripts’ donation of $100,000 will support future research projects over the next two years that demonstrate and measure one or more existing or future NCPDP standards that align with the Foundation’s strategic initiative to Expand the Role and Value of the Pharmacist. Surescripts’ Chief Marketing Officer, Melanie Marcus, will serve as the NCPDP Foundation’s National Advisory Council (NAC) Chair for Role and Value of the Pharmacist with support from senior pharmacists and pharmacy experts at Surescripts, NCPA and NACDS. Read More

NCPDP Foundation Announces FDB as its Inaugural Patient Safety Founders Gift Donor to Advance Research Priorities

The NCPDP Foundation today announced FDB (First Databank, Inc.) as its inaugural Patient Safety Founders Gift Donor. FDB’s donation of $100,000 will support future research projects over the next two years that demonstrate and measure one or more existing or future NCPDP standards that align with the Foundation’s strategic initiative to enhance patient safety. FDB President Robert C. (“Bob”) Katter will serve as the NCPDP Foundation’s National Advisory Council (NAC) Chair for Patient Safety. Read More