Kaiser Permanente Hawaii’s pharmacy program is being recognized for achieving the highest ranking, a five-star excellence rating, in medication safety. Kaiser Permanente Hawaii is one of only six health plans nationally and the only one in Hawaii to receive this honor. The award was presented at the Pharmacy Quality Alliance’s (PQA) Annual Meeting and Best Practices Forum in Arlington, VA on May 28, 2014.
The PQA Quality Awards Recognition Program aims to highlight standards of excellence in medication safety based on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Star ratings. The award recognizes achievement of a five-star rating on all of the PQA measures of medication safety & quality that are included in the CMS Star Rating Program, and an overall summary plan rating of 4.5 or higher.
Kaiser Permanente has been recognized every year since the program began in 2011, and this is the second time that Kaiser Permanente Hawaii has received this award.