The Building Blocks to Better Health Care in America
More than 22,000 Permanente physicians play an important role as stewards of the health and health resources of the 12.2 million Kaiser Permanente patients and members across the country.
In partnership with Kaiser Foundation Health Plans and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, the Permanente Medical Groups and our physicians lead the movement to transform health care in America by exemplifying the tenets of Permanente Medicine – person-centered, high-quality care that embraces the latest innovations in medicine and is supported by an integrated care delivery model.
The Fundamentals of Permanente Medicine
The care provided by the Permanente Medical Groups and our Permanente physicians is based on a foundation built on the following seven pillars.
Everything we do – from the way we are structured to the way we provide care – is based on the best interest of our patients and members, fostered by a collaborative relationship among our patients, families, physicians, and care teams to empower health decisions.
Each PMG is governed and managed by physicians. Our physician leaders make the decisions that determine the long-term strategic direction of our medical groups and the day-to-day practice of medicine.
We are closing care gaps for traditionally underserved populations through culturally responsive care, made possible through a comprehensive strategy to increase diversity and encourage inclusivity within our physician population. We are accountable not only to each patient – one at a time – but also to the entire population in the communities we serve.
Our group practices are guided by a payment model based on delivering value in the care we provide – quality, service, access, and cost-effectiveness – not the volume of services we deliver.
We believe in the power of team-based care that’s coordinated and integrated across specialties and care sites.
We used evidence-based medicine – with a focus on prevention and wellness – to inform improved health care quality and avoid unnecessary expense. This same approach is applied when we determine guidelines in caring for complex conditions.
The way patients and physicians relate to each other is constantly changing. Our technology-enabled organization allows our physicians to adapt to the new world of medical care and enable us to interact with our members and patients in convenient, easy ways. It allows our physicians to have immediate access to the most up-to-date, evidence-based medical information.
The Permanente Medical Groups
The Permanente Medical Groups (PMGs) make up the largest consortium of private medical groups in the United States, providing world-class care as part of the nation’s largest nonprofit health system. It has been our mission to improve the health of patients and communities for more than 70 years.
The eight Permanente Medical Groups are self-governed, self-managed, physician-led, multi-specialty medical groups that work exclusively with Kaiser Foundation Health Plans and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals to provide care for the more than 11.8 million members of Kaiser Permanente. There are more than 21,000 Permanente physicians in eight states and the District of Columbia. They work collaboratively, enabled by state-of-the-art facilities and technology, to provide preventive and world-class complex care.
Meet our Permanente Medical Groups
The Permanente Federation LLC
In 1997, the Permanente Medical Groups (PMGs) formed The Permanente Federation LLC (“the Federation”) to represent the shared interests of the PMGs. As the national partner with Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Inc. and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, the Federation works on behalf of the PMGs’ national work, and to spread best practices.
The Federation, based in Oakland, Calif., fosters an open learning environment and accelerates performance improvements across the PMGs to expand the reach of Kaiser Permanente’s integrated care delivery model and lead the nation in transforming care delivery.
National Permanente Executive Committee
Each Permanente Medical Group (PMG) is led by an executive medical director (EMD). The National Permanente Executive Committee (NPEC) serves as the national voice for the Permanente Medical Groups, and develops priorities and strategic direction for The Permanente Federation.
NPEC is composed of the EMDs of The Permanente Medical Group (TPMG) in Oakland, Calif., and the Southern California Permanente Medical Group (SCPMG); an EMD elected from a PMG outside of California; and the Federation’s chief operating officer and chief legal officer.
National Permanente Leadership Team
Key leaders of the Federation and several Permanente Medical Groups form the National Permanente Leadership Team (NPLT), which leads the national work of the PMGs.
* Also sits on the National Permanente Executive Committee