Managing Pain During an Opioids Epidemic

A new article from The Permanente Federation details Kaiser Permanente’s approach to safe opioid prescribing. The approach has four components: physician education, community protection, patient safety, and patient education. Adoption of these practices has led to a dramatic reduction in high-dose opioid use.

How the Telestroke Program Activates the Telehealth Research and Policy Framework

At our recent telehealth forum we shared the new Telehealth Research and Policy Framework we developed with AcademyHealth, the American Telemedicine Association, and the Physician Insurers Association of America. It highlights the interplay across structure, process, and outcomes needed to advance the use of telehealth services. Find out how Kaiser Permanente's telestroke program puts the framework into action.

Building an Evidence Base and Addressing Key Questions Around Telehealth

In a guest blog post about our recent telehealth forum, Government Relations Senior Counsel Keavney Klein asks why, in an increasingly on-demand society where access to health care via technology is growing, does its overall use still remain low? She sees a promising path toward building the evidence base that will help address key questions around telehealth effectiveness and costs.

Toward Better HIV Care: A Thought Leader Interview

Institute for Health Policy Senior Health Policy Consultants Brian Raymond and Ben Wheatley interview three leaders from two comprehensive integrated health care systems to glean their insights on how their organizations achieve top-quality HIV care outcomes and their ongoing efforts to identify and close gaps in care. The interview appears in the Winter 2018 edition of The Permanente Journal.

Policy Stories

Exactly As Prescribed: Kaiser Permanente Researchers Shed Light on Medication Adherence

For people living with chronic diseases, prescription medications can increase longevity and improve quality of life. Yet, in the United States, more than half of adults 40 and older with chronic conditions report at least one episode of non-adherence to their prescriptions.

Palliative Care Promotes Quality of Life for those with Advanced Illness

Advancements in medicine allow people with chronic and complex conditions to live longer than ever before. But longer life for people who are sick may bring challenges, such as pain, stress, and other symptoms that accompany serious illness.