Honored for Excellence in Medicine Quality

OAKLAND, Calif. – For the 12th consecutive year, Kaiser Permanente has won the Laura Cranston Quality Excellence Award from the Pharmacy Quality Alliance for high achievement in drug safety and appropriate use.

Kaiser Permanente Medicare Advantage health plans serving members in California, Oregon, Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. were recognized by PQA at its annual meeting held in May 2022. The awards are named in honor of the founding CEO of the organization.

“Medication safety, compliance and effectiveness are critical to providing high-quality care,” said Mary Beth Lang, Senior Vice President and Chief Pharmacy Officer of Kaiser Permanente. “We are pleased that once again our integrated care delivery model has resulted in quality scores worthy of recognition by the PQA. This honor exemplifies the value we provide to our Medicare members in the critical area of ​​medication management.

Each year, the PQA recognizes health plans for excellence in the quality of drug use, based on rankings published by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Part D Star Ratings. The award is given to Medicare Advantage drug plans with at least a 4.5-star Part D summary rating and a 5-star rating on the 5 PQA drug metrics used in the rating program by CMS stars.

The PQA has presented annual quality awards since 2011, recognizing the nation’s top performing prescription drug plans for their performance on the PQA quality measures of safety and appropriate drug use. According to PQA, only 2.9% of 850 Medicare Part D plans qualified for an award in 2022 from the organization, which also honors plans that demonstrate significant improvement in PQA measures of drug safety and utilization. appropriate.

About Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of healthcare. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and nonprofit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente’s mission is to provide affordable, high-quality health care services and improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 12.6 million members in 8 states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their overall health and guided by their physicians, specialists and team of personal caregivers from Groupe Médical Permanente. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by technological advancements and state-of-the-art tools for health promotion, disease prevention, advanced care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to clinical research on care innovations, health education and community health support.

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