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Employer Update – May/June 2011

No. 1 in customer loyalty

Photo of customersMore evidence your employees will thank you for choosing Kaiser Permanente: we received the highest customer loyalty ranking in the health insurance sector among competing national plans, according to the Satmetrix 2011 Net Promoter industry rankingsKaiser Permanente is not responsible for the content or policies of external Internet sites..

That means that most employees who enroll in Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Northwest are happy they did. In fact, our Net Promoter score was more than 30 points higher than the industry average of negative 5 percent.

Why members value us

Kaiser Permanente’s “managed care model, which combines health insurance with provision of care, set it apart from traditional health insurance companies,” reports John Abraham, general manager of Net Promoter programs at Satmetrix. “Customers mentioned personalized service, convenience and high-quality end-to-end health care as reasons they would recommend the company.”

About Satmetrix Net Promoter scores

Other companies that ranked No. 1 in their industries included JetBlue, Symantec, Vanguard, Apple, Google, and American Express. Net Promoter benchmark rankings are based on survey responses from more than 22,000 U.S. consumers nationwide.

Consumers rate up to two companies from which they have purchased products or services within the previous 12 months. A company’s Net Promoter score is based on customers’ likelihood to recommend the company. In addition, consumers rate each company on various aspects of customer experience, including product or service features, customer service, and overall value. Learn more at www.netpromoter.comKaiser Permanente is not responsible for the content or policies of external Internet sites..

Take home a spare pair from Vision Essentials

Photo of a familyWith summer savings from Vision Essentials by Kaiser Permanente, you can offer employees and their families a way to save money on prescription glasses or prescription sunglasses at one of our 11 convenient Optical Centers.

Eyeglass offer through June 1, 2011

Purchase one complete pair of prescription glasses or prescription sunglasses and save 50 percent off each additional complete pair at equal or lesser value. Same day purchase required.

Contact lens offer through June 1, 2011

Purchase an annual supply of contact lenses and save 50 percent off a complete pair of prescription glasses or sunglasses. Same day purchase required at contact lens fitting or pick-up.

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You don’t have to be a member to shop or receive eye care services from Vision Essentials.  From designer frames to value packages, we offer a great selection that fits many different budgets and styles.

For members of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Northwest, we link our eye health information to the member's overall medical record to better coordinate care. For more information, visit Vision Essentials by Kaiser Permanente online.

Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Northwest members typically have coverage for medically necessary eye exams. Some members may be able to apply a supplemental benefit to their purchases. Otherwise, the services and products described here are provided on a fee-for-service basis, separate from and not covered under health plan benefits. For information about health plan benefits, see your Group Agreement.

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Shaping the future of health care

Photo of a Kaiser buildingThe Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health in the heart of our nation’s capitol showcases health care innovation with exhibits, demonstrations, and interactive tools to help shape the conversation about the future of health care. They include:

  • Interactive touch-screen walls that let visitors explore the concept of total health.
  • An 80-foot-long video mural that teaches visitors about the benefits of walking and how to build walkable communities.
  • Demo stations highlighting technological advances in telemedicine, mobile health apps, and health care delivery.
  • A documentary about Kaiser Permanente’s rich history.

Through stories of innovation told by patients, community members, and clinicians, the center demonstrates how Kaiser Permanente and others are enhancing health and care delivery in the United States.

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Reinventing hospital care—June forum

Photo of a team of cardiologistsFrom the latest advances in minimally invasive surgery to high glucose screenings for every patient admitted to the hospital, the physician leaders of Kaiser Permanente are reorganizing acute care to speed recovery, increase patient safety, reduce the likelihood of readmission, and improve overall health. It’s all part of the total health environment we provide to our members.

At our June forum, you’ll learn how the leadership team at Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center is reinventing hospital care here in the Northwest.

Just two years after opening as part of the $300 million expansion of Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center, the Northwest Center for Heart and Vascular Care is benchmarking its success against that of long-established heart centers around the country.

Reinventing Hospital Care
Guest speakers: Yong Shin, MD, chief of cardiovascular surgery, Kaiser Permanente Northwest Center for Heart and Vascular Care, and Susan Mullaney, administrator, Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center

Wednesday, June 8, 2011
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Red Lion
Jantzen Beach
909 N. Hayden Island Drive
Portland, OR 97217

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Creating a strong safety net

Photo of a female doctorA reliable experience of excellent care may be one of the best reasons to choose Kaiser Permanente for employee health. That’s why we want your employees to know that our providers and highly integrated delivery system will be well equipped to take care of them in the event of a natural disaster or health care emergency.

No substitute for preparation

What might be needed in the event of an emergency? Kaiser Permanente supply chain experts Tim McCauley and LaVonne Horn shared their experience at a recent Northwest Supply Management Association RoundtableKaiser Permanente is not responsible for the content or policies of external Internet sites.. Our own preparations include:

  • A three-month local supply of products commonly used during disasters, including masks, gloves, rubbing alcohol, distilled water, and hand sanitizer.
  • Three days of onsite inventory for hospital services, including ready-to-eat meals.
  • One- to two-week onsite inventory at outpatient facilities.
  • Contractual agreements with medical supply vendors guaranteeing continuous service during a disaster.
  • Access to warehouses throughout the U.S.
  • Access to several brands of products, made by different manufacturers.

The 2009 H1N1 epidemic demonstrated the success of these preparations. Advanced stockpiling ensured that Kaiser Permanente was among the few health care providers in our area that did not run out of needles and syringes for the multi-dose vaccinations.

Kaiser Permanente news and awards

Photo of a male and female doctorsService, quality, and innovation were all highlighted in recent news coverage of Kaiser Permanente nationally and in our northwest market.

Green hospitals award – For the second year in a row, Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center has been recognized with a Practice Greenhealth Partner for Change AwardKaiser Permanente is not responsible for the content or policies of external Internet sites. for expanding and continuously improving its environmental sustainability programs, including recycling, eliminating mercury, and preventing pollution.

Contributing to a national electronic medical record  – After a successful pilot between Kaiser Permanente and the Veterans Administration that linked the two largest electronic medical records in the country, we join four other world-class medical groups to lay the groundwork for a National Health Information NetworkKaiser Permanente is not responsible for the content or policies of external Internet sites..

Expanding services on Portland’s west side – Listen to KUIK radio to learn more about how we’re growing to support the communities we serve:

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