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.

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.

Telemedicine and a Vision for Health Care Without Walls

Network for Excellence in Health Innovation (NEHI) President and CEO Susan Dentzer, who participated in our recent teleheath forum in Washington, D.C., discusses in a guest blog post why telemedicine is still only beginning to make a dent in U.S. health care delivery despite being a decades-old technology.

Reflections on the Challenges Facing Mental Health Patients, Providers and Policies

How do we empower patients and families to ensure they receive the highest quality mental health care? What opportunities exist for clinicians to work with the housing, employment, and other sectors to advance mental health and wellness for all? The answers to these questions are especially important to me, having watched loved ones’ personal struggles with mental illness, even when they had access to care and treatment.

Coffee Talk with Shannon McMahon, Kaiser Permanente’s Executive Director of Medicaid Policy

Shannon McMahon, MPA, joined Kaiser Permanente’s Government Relations department in August as the executive director of Medicaid policy. In this role, she provides public policy, regulatory and legislative advice on Medicaid and other complex and strategic public policy issues. We sat down with Shannon to hear her insights about the future of Medicaid and her work at Kaiser Permanente.

Defining the Next Generation of Behavioral Health Strategies

The Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality and Mental Health America, with support from Kaiser Permanente, are leading an effort to identify creative ways to engage and coordinate community assets to transform the delivery of behavioral health supports, with a focus on treating the “whole person,” inclusive of the many factors that impact prevention and access to care.