Calling it more of an integration than a collaboration, the 6,000-physician Permanente Medical Group based in Oakland, Calif., and the 1,000-physician Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group based in Rockville, Md., announced that their physicians have approved a new affiliation agreement that calls for the groups to be led by the same chief executive officer, Robert Pearl.
Pearl will maintain his title as executive director and CEO of the Northern California organization, which is the nations largest medical group, and he will also take over as president and CEO of the Mid-Atlantic group on Jan. 1, 2009.
Pearl said the affiliation will draw attention to the integrated medical group model and the possibilities it offers to solve our nations healthcare difficulties.
He explained that there is no money changing hands, and thatby working together and through the use of Kaiser Permanentes KP HealthConnect electronic medical recorddoctors will be able to more easily engage in consults and share information on best practices. Pearl added that the best performers of both groups will be identified, and work will be done to get others to match the practices of those physicians.
The news did not appear to excite physician organizations. Comment was solicited from the American Medical Association, American Academy of Family Physicians, California Academy of Family Physicians, California Medical Association, Maryland Academy of Family Physicians, Maryland State Medical Society, Medical Society of the District of Columbia and Medical Society of Virginia.
Either representatives could not be reached or they had no comment to offer at this time. -- by Andis Robeznieks
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