Kaiser Permanente Colorado is a nonprofit, integrated health care delivery system operated by Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Colorado and the Colorado Permanente Medical Group. Together they have provided comprehensive health services to Kaiser Permanente members in Colorado for 45 years.
Kaiser Permanente Colorado
- Colorado’s largest nonprofit health plan
- 545,000 members
- 28 medical offices
- 6,000 staff and physicians
- One of Colorado’s largest private employers
- The Colorado Permanente Medical Group employs almost 1,000 physicians representing all medical specialties and major sub-specialties
- Kaiser Permanente provides care for members in Denver, Boulder, Southern Colorado and Northern Colorado (Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley and surrounding areas)
- Kaiser Permanente Colorado consistently ranks among the top health care organizations in the country for clinical quality and service
- Recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as the top-ranked private health plan in Colorado and No. 13 in the entire nation for 2013-2014
- 22 Kaiser Permanente Colorado medical offices and more than 300 individual physicians have earned the top-level Patient-Centered Medical Home designation from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)
- The U.S. Health and Human Service’s Medicare agency, CMS, awarded Kaiser Permanente Colorado 5 Stars, the highest possible rating for a Medicare plan in 2012-13
- Kaiser Permanente Colorado was recognized as a 2012 Million Hearts™ Hypertension Control Champion
Electronic Health Record
Kaiser Permanente’s integrated approach to health care delivery makes it easy for members to connect with their caregivers and support services, whether in-person, online or by phone. With innovative Web-based tools through kp.org and the recently launched app for mobile devices, members have access to the information in their secure medical record, as well as tools to communicate with their caregivers. My Health Manager on kp.org gives members the ability to schedule appointments, check lab results, order prescriptions and email their doctors. In addition, Kaiser Permanente physicians routinely use electronic health records when caring for patients.
Kaiser Permanente is committed to improving the health of our members and the communities we serve. Through a variety of efforts, including grant-making, sponsorships, volunteer work and community health initiatives, our goal is to help Coloradans thrive. In 2012, Kaiser Permanente directed more than $92 million to services, partnerships and programs directly benefiting Colorado communities, including discounted and free care to more than 9,000 low-income patients. Community programs supported by Kaiser Permanente Colorado include LiveWell Colorado, Weigh and Win and Denver B-cycle.
Institute for Health Research
Kaiser Permanente Colorado’s Institute for Health Research is a nationally recognized leader in health services and health policy research. Now in its 22nd year of operation, the IHR is responsible for many landmark findings including:
- Vaccine safety and vaccine refusal
- Home blood pressure monitoring
- Research that identified life-saving practices for heart attack patients in the Emergency Room
Labor and Management Partnership
Kaiser Permanente works closely with organized labor unions in the most ambitious Labor Management Partnership of any industry in the United States. Kaiser Permanente’s Labor Management Partnership is designed to deliver high-quality care and service to members, improve organizational performance, and actively involve the unions and individual workers in decisions that affect the workplace.
Kaiser Permanente was founded by industrialist Henry J. Kaiser and Sidney Garfield, MD in the early 1940s. The pair demonstrated the viability of prepaid group practice health care on projects such as the Grand Coulee Dam and, during World War II, in the construction of Liberty Ships. Kaiser Permanente was opened to community enrollment in 1945. Today, Kaiser Permanente operates in California, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, Oregon, Washington, Virginia and the District of Columbia and serves more than 9.1 million members nationwide. Find out more on our A History of Total Health blog »