SEATTLE, March 21, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Kaiser Permanente Washington's care and coverage combined model earned top ranking in the nation for helping members manage acute conditions and helping members manage chronic conditions. Kaiser Permanente's Washington state HMO plan was also rated #1 in the state for how well the health plan is meeting members' needs, improving quality, and reducing the cost of care.
The just-released 2018 eValue8 survey by the Washington Health Alliance found Kaiser Permanente's HMO plan the top overall in Washington and top in four specific categories, among the six health plans included in the survey:
- Members get and stay healthy
- Members manage acute conditions
- Members manage chronic conditions
- Physician and hospital measurement, management, and payment
"At Kaiser Permanente, our dedicated staff consistently strive to provide the best, most effective, and most affordable care," said Susan Mullaney, President of Kaiser Permanente Washington. "We're proud that the 2018 eValue8 survey shows Kaiser Permanente Washington has the most effective programs in the nation, among those health plans surveyed, for members to control chronic and acute conditions."
The unique care and coverage combined model means members have a single integrated network meeting their health care needs. Primary and specialty care, pharmacy, and labs are usually all under one roof to help make care more convenient. Care is driven by value and effectiveness, not fee-for-service, and research and continuous innovation mean patients get excellent care.
"Kaiser Permanente physicians focus solely on doing what's best for patients' health so they can get well and stay well," said Steve Tarnoff, MD, President and CEO of Washington Permanente Medical Group. "This survey confirms that we are meeting the promise of providing excellent, effective care."
Kaiser Permanente's popular model is expanding quickly in Washington and the organization is adding four additional medical offices in the next year, in addition to a new facility recently opened in Gig Harbor.
About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente, which includes Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington, is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America's leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12.2 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.
SOURCE Kaiser Permanente