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Washington Permanente Medical Group ranked top medical group in state

Washington Health Alliance Community Checkup 2016
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For the tenth consecutive year, Washington Permanente Medical Group (formerly Group Health Cooperative) has been recognized by the Washington Health Alliance (WHA) Community Checkup as being the top-performing medical group in Washington state. The 2016 WHA Community Checkup scored Kaiser Permanente’s medical group above average on 23 of the 28 measures of effective care—more than any […]

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Behavioral health screening and treatment is becoming part of primary care

Integrated Behavioral Health
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Catching mental health and substance use problems early and making short-term treatment available right in our clinics is the objective of Kaiser Permanente Washington’s Behavioral Health Integration (BHI) initiative, says Larry Marx, MD, medical director of Behavioral Health Support Services. The BHI initiative was introduced as a pilot program at three of our Puget Sound […]

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Group Health Foundation: What’s happening now and what’s next?

Cliff Avril, immunization campaign
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For several years, the Group Health Foundation has worked to promote childhood immunizations in communities throughout Washington state. In fact, the Group Health Foundation (GHF) is the only statewide foundation focused on keeping people healthy through immunizations and improving health care by funding clinical innovations. This year’s donations have funded a variety of efforts to […]

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Don’t let the flu get you!

flu vaccine reminder
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The weather is cooler and days are getting shorter and shorter—clear signs that we’re well into flu season. However, it’s not too late for you and your clients to get a flu shot. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the flu vaccine for everyone over 6 months of age, especially pregnant women, people […]

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Medicare Advantage plan among highest rated in the country

One of the top Medicare plans in the U.S.
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Group Health has one of the highest rated Medicare Advantage plans in the country, according to the recently released 2016–2017 Medicare Health Insurance Plan Ratings by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). More than 300 Medicare Advantage plans around the country were reviewed and rated by NCQA, which uses a 5-point rating system to […]

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