The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Foundation announced the honorees of its 2016 Pinnacle Awards. The Pinnacle Awards, established in 1998 by the APhA Foundation, celebrate significant contributions to the medication use process through increasing patient adherence, reducing drug misadventures, promoting the use of national treatment guidelines, improving patient outcomes, or enhancing communication among the members of the healthcare team.

The Awards are presented in three (3) categories:
Individual Award for Career Achievement: Individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in enhancing healthcare quality and medication use.
Group Practices, Health Systems, and Healthcare Corporations: This category recognizes a significant scientific contribution and/or quality improvement project.
Voluntary Health Agencies, Nonprofit Organizations, Associations, Government Agencies and Public/Private Partnerships: Organizations that have demonstrated approaches to assist patients and their caregivers in achieving better outcomes from their medications.

2016 Pinnacle Award Honorees:
Category I: 2016 Individual Award for Career Achievement
James M. Hoffman, PharmD, MS, BCPS, FASHP

Category II: 2016 Group Practice–Health System–Corporation Award
Kelley-Ross Pharmacy Group

Category III: 2016 Government Agency–Nonprofit Organization–Association Award
United States Department of Health and Human Services for a number of key initiatives that were at the “center of the action” that drove national progress, including:

  • AHRQ’s National Scorecard for tracking national progress on ADEs and 20 other forms of patient harm
  • CMS Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) program work in both the 10th and 11th Scopes of Work
  • HHS National Action Plan for ADE Prevention
  • HHS Partnership for Patients initiative and the CMS-supported Hospital Engagement Networks (HENs)
  • HRSA’s Patient Safety and Clinical Pharmacy Services Collaborative

Learn more about each recipient and their safe medication use process.

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