Press Releases: Southern California
September 26, 2011
Kaiser Permanente Southern California Physicians Take Top Honor for 6th Straight Year
PASADENA Calif. — Kaiser Permanente physicians from every Southern California Permanente Medical Group service area location have been named top performers by the non-profit Integrated Healthcare Association for the sixth year in a row. These physicians provide care and treatment to 3.5 million Kaiser Permanente members from Kern to San Diego County.
The Integrated Healthcare Association looked at 221 physician organizations statewide and only 44 are receiving Pay for Performance awards, referred to as “P4P.” These organizations scored in the top 25 percent and are the 2011 “Top Overall Performing Physician Organizations.”
The four measurement areas were clinical quality, patient experience, use of information technology-enabled systems, and coordinated diabetes care.
“These ratings further confirm that our physicians are consistently delivering high quality and innovative health care to our patients,” said Jeffrey Weisz, MD, executive medical director of the Southern California Permanente Medical Group. “Our integrated health care model, chronic disease management programs, electronic medical record system, proactive office encounter, and our member website all support our mission to improve our members’ health and their quality of life.”
The 13 Southern California Permanente Medical Group locations receiving Integrated Healthcare Association recognition are: Antelope Valley, Baldwin Park, Downey, Fontana, Kern County, Los Angeles, Orange County, Panorama City, Riverside, San Diego, South Bay, West Los Angeles, and Woodland Hills.
The Southern California Permanente Medical Group in Kern County is one of only three organizations in the state this year that received both the Most Improved and Top Performer Awards at the 10th Annual “P4P” Stakeholders Meeting on Thursday, Sept. 22 at the LAX Airport Hilton Hotel.
This recognition is just one of several top honors that Kaiser Permanente Southern California has received in 2011. For the third straight year, Kaiser Permanente was the only health plan in California to earn a four-star rating which is the highest possible, for overall quality of care in the Health Care Quality Report Card from the California Office of the Patient Advocate.
About the Integrated Healthcare Association
The Integrated Healthcare Association (IHA) is a not-for-profit multi-stakeholder leadership group that promotes quality improvement, accountability, and affordability of health care in California. IHA administers regional and statewide programs, serves as an incubator for pilot programs and projects, and actively convenes all healthcare parties for cross sector collaboration on health care topics. For more information on IHA, please visit: www.iha.org
About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente 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, our mission is to provide high quality, affordable health care services to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 3.4 million members in Southern California. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal 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: www.kp.org/newscenter.