KAISER PERMANENTE DIFFERENCE

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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New Medicare educational videos have purpose and personality

Milo Knows Medicare
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Our producer partners who work with Medicare clients are well acquainted with the challenges people face trying to understanding Medicare. And not everyone has the benefit of working with a producer who can guide them through the process. With the launch of Medicare Open Enrollment on Oct. 1, we unveiled three new videos featuring Milo, […]

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Group Health’s Diana Birkett Rakow honored among PSBJ’s 40 Under 40

Diana Birkett Rakow and peers at PSBJ 40 Under 40 awards luncheon
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The Puget Sound Business Journal (PSBJ) annually recognizes 40 local business leaders under the age of 40 from across business sectors who demonstrate exemplary business and civic leadership and entrepreneurial spirit as part of the PSBJ’s 40 Under 40 awards. Diana Birkett Rakow, executive vice president of Marketing and Public Affairs and president of the Group Health Foundation, […]

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