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Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals Report Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2009 Financial Results
Date:2/12/2010

programs that provide care for low-income individuals, support community-based health partnerships, conduct research, train health care workers, and expand access to health care within the safety net. In 2009, KFHP/H provided approximately $1.7 billion, four percent of its operating revenue, in annual support to community benefit programs and services. Given the recession's impact on the economically vulnerable, KFHP/H made a concerted effort to expand charitable care and coverage programs and to fund programs designed to ensure access to healthy foods in hard times.

"We're encouraged to see that our positive performance enables us to continue to invest in our communities, and to enhance the quality of care and service we provide our members," said George Halvorson, chairman and chief executive officer. "In 2009, Kaiser Permanente expanded its community benefit programs to place an even greater emphasis on helping people in need get access to health care during these difficult economic times."

KFHP/H continued to broaden the availability of Kaiser Permanente HealthConnect®, the world's largest private electronic health record system. KP HealthConnect provides clinical information, coordination, and support for all members, physicians, and other care providers in all care settings. As of the end of the fourth quarter of 2009, KP HealthConnect was implemented in all Kaiser Permanente ambulatory environments. All Kaiser Permanente members can access their personal health information online securely through My Health Manager on kp.org. For example, during the fourth quarter of 2009 members used kp.org approximately one million times each week to check laboratory results, refill prescriptions, make appointments, communicate with their physicians, and conduct other health care-related activities.

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