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Kaiser Boosts Link Between Health Care Providers, Social Service Agencies

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Kaiser Permanente is launching a program in the Northwest as part of a ramp-up of its effort to help patients with such things as housing, food, transportation and domestic violence problems, factors that can have a big influence on patients’ health.

Boarded In The ER: Oregon’s Mental Health Crisis

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On a typical day, doctors rush through the emergency department toward sounding alarms, and ambulances whisk in people suffering heart attacks, strokes or severe pain. Medical technicians and nurses attend to patients as worried families hover close.

Kaiser Shifts Plans In Lane County

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Oregon’s largest commercial health insurer, Kaiser Permanente, has dropped plans to buy and develop a 20-acre parcel in Eugene, even as Kaiser continues to expand in the South Willamette Valley.

Kaiser Faces Pressure from State after Public Employee Health Plan Deemed Inefficient

Despite some success in keeping costs down since 2012, the state’s public employee plans are not significantly outperforming nationwide figures, and its legacy Providence plan, which has not adopted coordinated care reforms, was the most efficient plan in eight of Oregon’s 20 largest counties.

Kaiser Permanente should be prepared for increased scrutiny of its premiums and health spending priorities for public employees after a report Tuesday that showed it was easily the least efficient of the health insurers that contract with the Public Employees Benefit Board.

Andrew McCulloch retiring after 10 years leading Kaiser Permanente Northwest

Andrew McCulloch retiring after 10 years leading Kaiser Permanente Northwest

Andrew McCulloch, President of Kaiser Permanente Hospitals and Health Plan of The Northwest since 2006, announced his retirement effective July 2017.

Under McCulloch’s leadership, Kaiser Permanente has achieved market leadership, in quality, service and affordability including:

PEBB Slides Under Cost Caps for Biennium at Negotiation Table

The Public Employees Benefit Board signed off on 2017 premium rates for its menu of health plans, which after extensive negotiation, came in at a 4 percent hike, for an average of 3.2 percent over two years. A Providence researcher also showed the health engagement module is lowering costs for people with more complex medical needs.

Harder-nosed negotiations between the Public Employees Benefit Board and its insurers should allow the health plan for state workers and university employees to meet the budget limits set by the Legislature for the 2015-2017 biennium.

Group Health Cooperative to Join Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente signs agreement to acquire Group Health, further strengthening Washington’s nationally recognized quality health care and coverage organization

SEATTLE — Kaiser Permanente and Group Health Cooperative announced today they have signed a definitive agreement for Kaiser Permanente to acquire Seattle-based Group Health.

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