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Kaiser Physicians Incorporate Exercise into Every Visit

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The effort is part of a multi-organizational push to make exercise a vital sign

October 31, 2012 – Physicians working for Kaiser in Oregon and California are now treating exercise as a vital sign. That is, patients are asked how much exercise they get per week, for both routine checkups and acute care visits – regardless of the nature of the visit.

Kaiser Permanente Research Collaboration Wins National Designation as Evidence-based Practice Center

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New EPC Wins 3-year Contract to Conduct Evidence Reviews for the US Preventive Services Task Force

October 17, 2012A new research collaboration led by Kaiser Permanente has received a prestigious designation from the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to serve of as one of the nation’s 11 Evidence-based Practice Centers (EPCs). The EPCs produce evidence reviews on behalf of programs such as AHRQ’s Effective Health Care Program (EHC), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

Kaiser Member Upset Over Hospital Charges

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But after receiving a complaint, the Oregon Insurance Division insists the claim was processed correctly

October 11, 2012 -- Susan Chaney is convinced insurance companies are some of the highest profiting companies in America at the expense of people such as herself who deserve the right to affordable healthcare.

She spoke out after her husband, Jerry, a diabetic, was hospitalized at Kaiser Sunnyside in January for a foot ulcer that had gone undiagnosed.

After receiving the bill, Chaney realized their deductible and co-insurance hadn’t been met. That, she said, was never the issue.

Kaiser Bolsters Position as Oregon’s Largest Insurer

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PacificSource sees largest growth in membership as it aims to become region’s leading plan

October 4, 2012 -- Kaiser Permanente has bolstered its newly won lead as the state’s top health insurer at the same time as long-time leader Regence BlueCross BlueShield has continued its slide.

And while No. 3 PacificSource still has half the members of Kaiser and Regence, it enrolled more new members than anyone else in the state, according to reports on the first half of 2012 filed with the Oregon Insurance Division.

Kaiser Permanente Health Plans Rank #1 in Northwest for Quality

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September 21, 2012 — Two Kaiser Permanente Northwest health plans have been ranked number one in the Northwest for 2012 by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving health care quality.

It’s the second year in a row that Kaiser Permanente Northwest’s Medicare and private (commercial) plans received the top ranking among HMO and PPO plans. In addition, the Medicare plan ranked fifth best in the nation, while the private (commercial) plan was ranked 13th best nationally.

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