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Kaiser Permanente Receives Award for Excellence in Medication Safety
Date:4/2/2013

OAKLAND, Calif., April 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- For the third year in a row, Kaiser Permanente will receive the Pharmacy Quality Alliance's annual Quality Award, an honor that recognizes health plans achieving excellence in medication safety and quality.

Kaiser Permanente's health plans in California are the winners this year, and they will receive the award at PQA's annual meeting on May 29. In 2011, Kaiser Permanente health plans in Colorado and Hawaii were recipients; in 2012, Kaiser Permanente Northwest won the award.

"This honor recognizes our consistent dedication to safety and quality," said David Kvancz , vice president, national pharmacy programs and services for Kaiser Permanente. "Our coordinated care delivery model allows all members of the care team to access patients' medical records, offering multiple opportunities to review medications for safety and effectiveness."

The PQA Quality Award recognizes health plans, Pharmacy Benefit Management plans and others that offer Medicare Part D prescription benefits and are high performers in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Medicare Star Quality Rating Program. To qualify for the PQA's Quality Award, a health plan must:

  • Achieve a 5-star rating on all PQA measures in the Part D star ratings
  • Achieve at least 4 stars on the Part D summary rating

For the 2013 plan year, Kaiser Permanente's health plans in California achieved a 5-star overall summary rating (the highest rating from CMS) on Part D. The California health plans also received an overall rating of 5 stars for Part C for 2013.

The 2013 PQA Quality Award follows several other recent honors received by Kaiser Permanente:


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