is a health maintenance organization (HMO) comprised
of representatives from medicine and management, sharing responsibilities
for organizing, financing and delivering quality healthcare services to
its members on a prepaid basis. A group
practice prepayment program, Kaiser Permanente serves the health care
needs of over 6.5 million members in 16 states: California, Colorado,
Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri,
New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, Virginia, Washington and
the District of Columbia. Kaiser Permanente is organized into eight self-governed
divisions and divided into three administrative arms:
California Division of Kaiser Permanente is a prepaid, health maintenance
organization (HMO) serving almost 5 million members
throughout the state. The Division has approximately 6,100 physicians
and 55,000 employees. It is organized into 12 local market areas, which
are served by 26 major medical centers.
The California Division is a consolidation of what were formerly two separate
regions. The former Southern California Region of Kaiser Permanente provides
health services to more than 2.2 million members in the Southern California
area. It maintains, at present, 11 major medical Centers with more than
65 Medical Offices spread over more than 140 physical facilities. The
Southern California Permanente Medical Group (SCPMG) includes more than
3,500 physicians and approximately 39,000 support staff. The physicians
and support staff provide more than 13.5 patient encounters per year,
a number that includes approximately 250,000 inpatient hospitalizations.
The former Northern California Region of Kaiser Permanente currently has
15 hospitals with 3,200 licensed beds and 32 outpatient medical offices.
The North sustains 200,000 inpatient admissions and 14 million outpatient
visits each year. More than 3,000 physicians and 21,000 employees work
together to deliver quality health care to our 2.6 million members or
approximately 28% of Northern California’s population.
||Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, which signs up subscribers;
||Kaiser Foundation Hospitals; and
||Permanente Medical Group, an independent
association of physicians that contracts with the Health Plan
to provide medical services.