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Physician Well-being: A Critical Missing Link in Medical Education

What does addressing physician burnout, a new medical school and the desire to transform health, health care and physician wellness in America have in common? Ed Ellison, MD, of the Southern California Permanente Medical Group discusses how all three are part of Kaiser Permanente’s answer to the challenges facing health care today.

Safer and More Appropriate Opioid Prescribing: Kaiser Permanente’s Comprehensive Approach

Kaiser Permanente’s Safe and Appropriate Opioid Prescribing Program was implemented in 2010, and is among the organization’s most successful efforts to address the problem of opioid addiction, not only for members, but for the communities in which it operates. The program is the focus of a study recently published in the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. We interviewed study co-author, Michael H. Kanter, MD, medical director of quality and clinical analysis for the Southern California Permanente Medical Group, as well as executive vice president and chief quality officer, The Permanente Federation, about the program.