Opportunities for Improvement: Behavioral Health Supports & the Child Welfare System

By Peter Edelman, Faculty Director, Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality From 2012 to 2016, our nation’s child welfare system has seen its population grow...

A Perilous 2020 U.S. Census: Why the Count Counts

By Lucy A. Savitz, PhD, MBA, Vice President of Research for Kaiser Permanente and Director of Kaiser Permanente’s Center for Health Research In our fast-paced...

Transforming Care Delivery with Telehealth at Kaiser Permanente

At Kaiser Permanente, telehealth is a key component of our integrated approach to high-quality care delivery. Adoption of telehealth across the country has seen progress in recent years, but there are significant policy and payment barriers to widespread use. 

Maryland Reinsurance Efforts: A Case Study

Following the repeal of the tax penalty that enforced the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act, states are taking up the policy question of how to best stabilize the individual marketplace. In Maryland, policymakers are working to balance multiple variables, including how to design a state reinsurance program that considers federal risk adjustment payments.

Reflections on High Drug Pricing in America: Where We Are and Where We’re Headed

Norman Ornstein, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and a contributing editor and writer at The Atlantic, reflects on the current state of affairs for drug pricing in America and examines what's in store for 2018 following an Institute for Health Policy forum in April.

Reducing Youth Firearm Suicide Risk: Evidence for Opportunities

In the February edition of Pediatrics, Dr. David Grossman, senior investigator with Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute, provided commentary on a new study that addresses whether families with children and/or adolescents with elevated risk factors for injury have different ownership or firearm storage patterns.

Coffee Talk with Julie Stoss, Vice President, Government Relations

Julie Hutcheson Stoss, JD, is a vice president in Kaiser Permanente's government relations department and has worked at Kaiser Permanente since 1999. We sat down with Julie to learn about her work, what excites her about Kaiser Permanente’s 2018 policy priorities, and her passion for promoting women in leadership.

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.