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Community Pharmacy Innovation in Quality (CPIQ) Awards

Announcing the CPIQ Awards

The Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) and the Community Pharmacy Foundation (CPF) announced the inaugural recipients of the Community Pharmacy Innovation in Quality (CPIQ) Awards during the 2018 PQA Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD: 

Individual Award
Kari Trapskin, PharmD
Vice president, Health Care Quality Initiatives
Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin

Pharmacy Award
Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio

The newly established CPIQ awards recognize high performance for a pioneering individual practitioner and an innovative community pharmacy practice that result in improvements in quality of care, medication optimization and patient outcomes.

Award Categories


There are two award categories:

INDIVIDUAL - Recognizes an individual whose pioneering contributions to community pharmacy practice demonstrate improved patient outcomes through quality of care and medication optimization. 

PHARMACY - Recognizes a community pharmacy, which in collaboration with external partners has developed innovative programs resulting in improved quality of care, medication optimization, and patient outcomes.

"In the evolution of a caring profession, the time is right to showcase examples of innovation in community pharmacy practice impacting quality. CPIQ joins with other PQA awards in identifying, celebrating and promoting these best practices. It is through the broad uptake of these new and innovative ideas that community pharmacy will gain recognition from the provider and payer communities as an integral care partner...realizing our full potential. Join with PQA in sharing and celebrating the creativity of community pharmacy!"       - Brian Jensen, RPh, CPF Board of Directors

Nomination Information

Applicants may nominate themselves or others through the online submission system in early 2019.  (dates to be announced around November).   CPIQ Award Nomination Information.   For questions regarding the CPIQ Awards, please email awards@PQAalliance.org.

PQA Quality Awards

The PQA Quality Awards & Recognition Program recognizes prescription drug plans that have high achievement or significant improvement in PQA measures of medication safety and appropriate use. The PQA Excellence in Quality Award recognizes the highest level of combined achievement in overall performance and medication-use quality. Recipients must have achieved an overall summary rating of at least 4.5 stars and a 5-star rating on PQA medication measures used within the CMS Medicare Star Ratings Program.

The PQA Quality Improvement Award recognizes the highest improvement in medication safety and appropriate use. The Quality Improvement Award does not take into consideration the plan’s overall summary rating. Instead, awardees must have received a 5-star rating on the CMS Quality Improvement measure and the greatest combined improvement on PQA measures used within the CMS Medicare Part D Star Ratings Program.

Both awards are based solely on publicly available quality scores. The safe use of medications is a top issue for all providers, and it is also extremely important within the Medicare program. The high standards for excellence set forth in the awards criteria means that the recipients are truly outstanding in their protection of patients and in their promotion of optimal medication outcomes.

PQA Recognizes Ten Medicare Plan Contracts for Excellence and Significant Improvement in Medication-Use Quality

Excellence in Quality
Alignment Health Plan (Alignment Healthcare)
Anthem Health Plans of New Hampshire (Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield)
Care Wisconsin Health Plan
Dean Health Plan (Dean Advantage)
Group Health Plan (HealthPartners)
HealthSpring of Florida (Leon Medical Centers Health Plans)
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan (Hawaii Region)
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the NW (Northwest Region)
Tufts Insurance Company (Tufts Health Plan)

Quality Improvement
Alignment Health Plan (Alignment Healthcare)
Health Alliance Medical Plans (Health Alliance Medicare)

On May 17, 2018, during PQA's Annual Meeting, ten Medicare plans received PQA Quality Awards for high achievement or significant improvement in PQA measures of medication safety and appropriate use. Nine plans received the PQA Excellence in Quality Award and two the PQA Quality Improvement Award.  (more)

Previous Years' Award Recipients


  • Excellence in Quality - Blue Cross Blue Shield Northern Plains Alliance, Erickson Advantage, a UnitedHealthcare Medicare Plan, Kaiser Permanente California Regions, Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic Region, Kaiser Permanente Northwest Region, UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage Plans (multiple states)
  • Quality Improvement - Blue Cross Blue Shield Northern Plains Alliance, and UnitedHealthcare AARP MedicareComplete Medicare Advantage Plans (Texas)


  • Excellence in Quality - Leon Medical Centers Health Plans (by CignaHealthSpring),
    Kaiser Permanente California Regions, and Erickson Advantage
  • Quality Improvement - Cambia Health Solutions, Heartland Fidelity Insurance Company, and Physicians Health Choice of Texas, LLC Plan by UnitedHealthcare


  • Excellence in Quality - Group Health Cooperative, Humana Benefit Plan of Illinois, and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Northwest
  • Quality Improvement - Denver Health Medical Plan and UnitedHealthcare Insurance Company of New York

2014 - Chinese Community Health Plan, Humana, four Kaiser Permanente Regions (California, Colorado, Hawaii, and Mid-Atlantic)

- Catamaran, Group Health Cooperative, and Kaiser Permanente California

- Kaiser Permanente Northwest

- CalOptima’s One Care Plan, Kaiser Permanente Colorado, and Kaiser Permanente Hawaii 

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