Essay on Kaiser Permanente as a Sysem

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Kaiser Permanente as a System

Introduction Kaiser Permanente (KP) was founded in California in 1945. It is one of the largest non-profit healthcare organizations in the United States, made up of three entities: the Kaiser Foundation Hospital, the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and the Permanente Medical Groups. It currently serves about 9.1 members within the following states: California, Colorado, Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia, Washington, Oregon, Hawaii, and Georgia. With a few exceptions, it mostly operates under a managed care model, owning the physician network and the facilities its members use to receive medical services (Fast Facts, 2013). In this paper I will present the systems thinking model, its
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The open systems model can be used to diagnose these problems, identify their causes, find the best solutions, and provide recommendations (Harrison, 2004). Kaiser Permanente as a System Like any other system, Kaiser Permanente is composed of many parts. These are the departments and the teams that work in those departments. As mentioned before, it is made up of three large organizations, the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan (KFHP), which are the administrative staff and the nurses, the Permanente Medical Group (PMG), which are the physicians and the Kaiser Foundation Hospitals (KFH), which are the hospitals and the medical offices. All of these organizations need to work well together in order to be effective. One way to see Kaiser is as both the health insurance and the healthcare provider. Kaiser has been cited as the face of the future of healthcare. In fact, its model, a combination of a nonprofit health insurance plan with its own physicians, medical offices and hospitals, has been mentioned and used by President Obama when creating healthcare reform (Abelson, 2013). As an open system, Kaiser Permanente is affected by many external factors, such as Medicare, the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), the Division of Insurance and laws like the Healthcare Reform. All systems have problems that need fixing. Kaiser Permanente is not
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