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The Kaiser Permanente Community Fund at Northwest Health Foundation Awards more than $2.5 Million to Improve Health

PORTLAND, Ore.— The Kaiser Permanente Community Fund (KPCF) has awarded more than $2.5 million in grant funds to 19 organizations that improve health in Oregon and southwest Washington. Awarded annually, these grants address the “upstream” or underlying factors that impact community health.

Kaiser Permanente Has Highest‑Rated Health Plans in Oregon and Washington

Rankings announced by National Committee for Quality Assurance; to be published in major consumer magazine

Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Northwest’s Medicare and commercial (private) health plans are ranked number one in quality and performance among health plans in Oregon and Washington, and third and fifth respectively in the nation, according to the National Committee for Quality Assurance (

Lifestyle Intervention Helps People Taking Antipsychotic Medications Lose Weight and Reduce Diabetes Risk

People with serious mental illnesses already at higher risk for obesity; medications that control their symptoms often lead to additional weight gain

People taking antipsychotic medications for serious mental illnesses lost significant amounts of weight and improved their glucose levels by participating in a lifestyle-change program, according to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health and published online in the American Journal o

Mercer Report Shows Higher Medical Costs for PEBB in 2013

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Per-employee medical costs for PEBB through Kaiser are rising about twice as fast as Providence, but the fully insured HMO continues to provide care at less cost than the larger self-insured pool.

The Public Employees Benefit Board saw higher medical costs in 2013 than 2012 for its self-insured health plan administered by Providence after a decline in 2012 from 2011.

The cost of healthcare for the state’s 49,000 employees and 79,000 dependents rose 3.4 percent in per employee costs in 2013 for the self-insured Providence plan, while jumping 6.6 percent for the Kaiser Permanente plan offered through the Public Employees Benefit Board.

Colonoscopy Bill Prohibits Extra Charges for Removing Polyps

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Kaiser Permanente, Health Net, Cigna and Regence BlueCross BlueShield had been among the insurers to charge fees, though Regence said the charges had been a mistake and now supports the bill.

A divided Senate Thursday found an election-year issue it can get behind -- free colonoscopies, even if a physician has to remove polyps during the screening.

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