Kaiser Permanente is striving to influence the direction of health care in the future.

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Kaiser Permanente is a renowned health care provider and not-for-profit health plan in the United States. Founded in California in 1945, the organization’s mission is to offer high-quality, affordable health care services and improve the health of its members and the communities it serves.

Kaiser Permanente operates within a highly integrated system, providing both care and coverage. Its doctors, hospitals, and health plan work together with a shared commitment to keeping members healthy and helping them recover from injuries or illnesses.

Thanks to a shared electronic health record system, care teams can easily consult with each other on important health decisions. This ensures that care decisions are made by members and their physicians, rather than administrators.

Currently, Kaiser Permanente serves 12.5 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Its focus is on the total health of its members and patients, guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists, and team of caregivers.

In California alone, the organization serves 9.3 million members through 37 hospitals and 404 medical office buildings, with care and services provided by over 18,000 physicians and 174,985 employees.

A Leader in Value-Based Care

Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to shaping the future of health care. For almost 80 years, its integrated model has provided value-based care. This model, which focuses on evidence-based care, equity, and aligned incentives, improves health outcomes and increases access to affordable care in the community.

The Kaiser Permanente model was designed with value in mind, integrating evidence-based health care and prepaid financing of coverage to coordinate care across all settings and care teams. This results in a relentless focus on delivering the right care, at the right time, in the right setting to produce high-quality, equitable outcomes.

This care model enables teams to work seamlessly together, delivering better care when it matters most. Members have access to care from Kaiser Permanente health care professionals in person, by phone, or video 24/7.

Kaiser Permanente is also working to bring its vision for value-based care to the entire health care industry. By collaborating, connecting, and coming together, the nation can shift towards a system of care that prioritizes health over episodic illness.

Emphasizing Prevention and Outcomes

At Kaiser Permanente, the focus is on prevention and outcomes. By providing value-based care, the organization aims to improve health outcomes and reduce the need for costly treatments. This approach not only benefits members but also helps to control health care costs.

Kaiser Permanente’s commitment to value-based care has made it a pioneer in the industry. By working together, the organization hopes to inspire others to adopt this model and create a more efficient and effective health care system for all. 

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