Kaiser Permanente Ohio Makes Announcement

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(Courtesy: MGN Online)

CLEVELAND — An announcement was made Wednesday about an initial agreement that will allow Catholic Health Partners (CHP) to acquire Kaiser Permanente Ohio’s (KPO) existing health plan.

Once the agreement is finalized, the CHP-owned integrated organization will provide health care for more than 80,000 KPO members and would continue to operate the existing medical offices in Northeast Ohio.

The operation will consist of the staff, physicians, operations and administrative personnel currently part of Ohio Permanente Medical Group (OPMG) and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Ohio (KFHPO).

“CHP is committed to delivering high-quality, compassionate care that improves the daily lives of those we serve,” said Michael D. Connelly, president and chief executive officer of Catholic Health Partners. “This opportunity interests us because it preserves a values-based, patient-centered care model that we can expand throughout the region. Additionally, it enables us to focus on enhancing quality, improving access to health care, and effectively managing costs.”

KPO said it decided to pursue the transition after considering patients’ needs and the state’s changing health care environment.

“I’m proud of what our leading medical group has accomplished. Our doctors provide the highest quality and service to our members and patients,” said Nabil Chehade, M.D., president and executive medical director, Ohio Permanente Medical Group, Inc. “We value our patient relationships in Northeast Ohio, and we intend to continue to provide members and patients with high-quality, comprehensive care. The new relationship we envision with CHP would also allow us to serve a broader community and to spread our approach of providing patient-centered, team-based care.”

The process to finalize the agreement will take place over the coming months.

CHP, KFHPO and OPMG plan to work with members, employees and others impacted to ensure a successful transition.