Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente, which has been struggling to retain enrollment in many of its 12 operating regions, has announced several major management changes.
Kathryn A. Paul, regional manager of Kaiser's Cleveland region for the last eight years, has been named senior vice president and regional manager of Kaiser's Colorado operations.
Ms. Paul oversaw Kaiser's growth in northeast Ohio to more than 200,000 enrollees currently from 155,000 enrollees in 1986.
She played a major role in reaching the long-term agreement that established the Cleveland Clinic as Kaiser's primary acute-care provider for that region. She also supervised the move to turn Kaiser's two inpatient hospitals in the region into outpatient medical centers.
She replaces Christopher L. Binkley, senior vice president, who recently was named regional manager of Kaiser's Atlanta operations.
Kaiser's Colorado operations, with 296,000 enrollees and annual revenues of more than $503 million, recently became the state's second-largest managed-care organization after the merger of Denver-based CompreCare with TakeCare Corp., Concord, Calif., which created a company with nearly 320,000 enrollees in Colorado.
Mr. Binkley replaced Eugene G. Barnaby, vice president of the Georgia region, who was named to an executive vice-president post in Oakland.
In all, Kaiser has some 6.6 million enrollees. Fearing that it might lose ground to competitors, the organization recently took the unusual step of slashing mid-year premium rates for individuals and groups enrolled in its Northern California plan, Kaiser's largest region with about 2.4 million enrollees.
In a break with its 60-year history, Kaiser also has begun giving enrollees the option of receiving services from non-Kaiser physicians (Sept. 20, 1993, p. 38).