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Kaiser Permanente Honored for Success in Diabetes and Heart Disease Prevention
Date:11/5/2008

ach day. They have harnessed the power of our electronic health record (KP HealthConnect(TM)) to enable our patients with diabetes and heart disease to live healthier lives. In reality, the real winners are those patients," said Benjamin K. Chu, MD, president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan/Hospitals, Inc., in Southern California.

The California Department of Managed Health Care oversees health plans in California that provide health insurance to 21 million enrollees. The "Director's Right Care Initiative Award" is a part of the DMHC's larger, three-year Right Care Initiative, which examines managed care and the quality of service to patients in California. This initiative focuses on three key areas -- heart disease, diabetes and hospital-acquired infections -- where there is clear science for improving patient care while constraining costs through prevention of catastrophic patient events.

About Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente is America's leading integrated health plan. Founded in 1945, the program is headquartered in Oakland, Calif. Kaiser Permanente serves 8.7 million members in nine states and the District of Columbia. Today it encompasses Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc., Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and their subsidiaries, and the Permanente Medical Groups. Nationwide, Kaiser Permanente includes approximately 164,000 technical, administrative and clerical employees and caregivers, and 14,000 physicians representing all specialties. The organization's Labor Management Partnership is the largest such health care partnership in the United States. It governs how more than 130,000 workers, managers, physicians and dentists work together to make Kaiser Permanente the best place to receive care, and the best place to work. For more Kaiser Permanente news, visit the Kaiser Permanente News Center at: http://xnet.kp.org/newscenter.

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