May 20, 2019

Kaiser Permanente awarded excellence in medication safety

Health plans receive pharmacy quality alliance recognition for ninth consecutive year.

Kaiser Permanente’s national pharmacy leaders accept the PQA award.

For the ninth year in a row, Kaiser Permanente has earned the Pharmacy Quality Alliance’s Excellence in Quality Award for high achievement in medication safety and appropriate use.

Kaiser Permanente’s Medicare plans in California, Hawaii, the Mid-Atlantic States and the Northwest were honored with the Excellence in Quality Award at PQA’s annual meeting on May 16.

"Medication safety and effectiveness are central to our mission to provide high-quality, affordable care to our members," said Amy Gutierrez, PharmD, senior vice president and chief pharmacy officer for Kaiser Permanente. "Receiving this honor for the ninth year in a row is evidence of the power and promise of our integrated care delivery model."

Since 2011, Kaiser Permanente health plans honored by the PQA include California (2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2019), Colorado (2011, 2014), Hawaii (2011, 2014, 2018, 2019), Northwest (2012, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019) and Mid-Atlantic States (2014, 2017, 2019).

The 2019 PQA Excellence in Quality Award recognizes the highest level of combined achievement in overall performance and medication-use quality. Recipients achieved a 5-star rating on all five PQA medication measures used within the CMS Medicare Part D Star Ratings program and an overall summary rating of at least 4.5 stars.

In the most recent CMS Medicare Star ratings, Kaiser Permanente’s Medicare health plans in Northern and Southern California, Colorado, and the Mid-Atlantic States all earned 5 stars. Kaiser Permanente’s health plans in Hawaii, Georgia, the Northwest and Washington state each earned 4.5 out of 5 stars.

About Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12.3 million members in 8 states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health.