Innovative Health Care Business Model Move by Kaiser Permanente

The health care industry continues to innovate with new business models, driven by the Affordable Care Act, which requires providers to take on insurance risk. In one notable example, Kaiser Permanente is opening its own national school of medicine. As announced in the San Francisco Business Times, the school will “’redesign’ physician education, focusing on providing care outside of traditional settings, acknowledging the central important of collaboration and teamwork, and addressing health disparities.” Kaiser is noted for controlling costs by coordinating care and using disease management and risk management tools to do so. It doesn’t take a Magic 8 Ball to predict that other health care systems will follow Kaiser’s lead.

John Howell, Editorial Director