Strategic Initiatives


Three Year Strategic Plan & Continuing Priorities

NCPDP’s Three Year Strategic Plan contains strategic initiatives and metrics that are shaping the organization’s future. In February 2023, the Board of Trustees approved NCPDP’s updated Three Year Strategic Plan. The plan provides clear direction for NCPDP over the next three years, as well as provides flexibility to adjust our focus in a changing environment.

Industry Initiatives Alignment

The healthcare ecosystem is focused on improving:

  • Health Equity;
  • Data Disparities; and
  • Fractured Public Health Infrastructure.

Interoperability continues to be a priority to advance in-workflow capabilities for efficiencies and reduction of pharmacy/provider burdens.

At the same time, there are efforts nationwide to take advantage of innovations that can address gaps in coordination of care and safe, optimum medication therapy including - Value-Based Healthcare, Pharmacists as Providers, Precision Medicine, and Digital Therapeutics.

NCPDP’s strategic plan is focused on leading initiatives to address these challenges through standards-based solutions. Specifically, solutions that enable pharmacists to collaborate in new ways with other healthcare providers to close gaps in care and improve coordination of care. NCPDP strategic initiatives and pharmacy directly impact healthcare access, quality and safety.

Strategic Direction and Alignment

NCPDP 3-Year Strategic Initiatives

The following identifies specific key initiatives in the Plan. Activity conducted by NCPDP’s Work Groups, Task Groups and special committees will advance these strategic goals. In addition to aligning NCPDP goals with industry-wide initiatives, the goals have been aligned with the NCPDP Foundation Pillars to better illustrate how NCPDP initiatives are helping solve healthcare challenges.

Strategic Initiatives

Watch or listen to the 2023 State of the Association address to learn more about progress on NCPDP Strategic Initiatives and the rollout of the newly updated NCPDP Strategic Plan.

2023 State of the Association

Interested in helping NCPDP achieve its Strategic Plan Goals? Email Sherri Teille, Vice President, Member Expérience & Sales indicating the goals and/or area(s) of interest and she will connect you with member(s) from Strategic Planning Committee and/or its subcommittees.

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.

Standards for Electronic Exchange

Addresses the business challenges of patient matching and identification. The solution enables organizations to improve the quality and integrity of its patient records, and supports interoperability across disparate healthcare entities.

Standards for Electronic Exchange

Supports a more comprehensive, accurate view of the patient for better informed clinical decision making, reducing medical/medication errors, and improving care coordination, population health management, and prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMP).

Standards for Electronic Exchange

Protects against patient misidentification and associated errors, and ensures healthcare providers have accurate and actionable patient data, strengthening patient safety.

*Our joint offering with Experian Health leverages Experian’s expansive consumer demographic information and referential matching methodologies to identify record matches and duplicates in a patient roster file, and then assign a unique NCPDP Universal Patient Identifier (UPI) to each patient in the file.

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.

Standards for Electronic Exchange

Provides an onramp for state PDMPs to address gaps and provide real-time information at the point of care anywhere in the country. Reduces incidence of fraud. Reduces impact on the industry through the use of existing standards that are widely implemented and conform to provider workflows.

Standards for Electronic Exchange

Utilizing existing industry standards reduces the burden on providers by incorporating complete, accurate and timely medication history information within pharmacy and prescriber workflows. Clinical alerts notify prescribers and pharmacies when data from the Private Sector Facilitator show a patient exhibits patterns indicative of opioid misuse or abuse.

Standards for Electronic Exchange

Ensures access for patients with valid medical needs. Assists in efforts to prevent people from unwittingly going down the path of addiction. Supports addiction treatment and recovery efforts for individuals with substance use disorders, by providing timely and accessible medication history information to practitioners.