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KAISER PERMANENTE SIGNS CONTRACT WITH CLEVELAND CLINIC FOUNDATION OFFERING MEMBERS HOSPITAL AND PHYSICIAN REFERRAL SERVICES

 KAISER PERMANENTE SIGNS CONTRACT WITH CLEVELAND CLINIC FOUNDATION
 OFFERING MEMBERS HOSPITAL AND PHYSICIAN REFERRAL SERVICES
 CLEVELAND, April 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The affiliation between Kaiser Permanente and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation became official today with the signing of a long-term contract that stipulates The Cleveland Clinic Foundation will provide the majority of hospital care and medical referral services to Kaiser Permanente Health Plan members.
 Kathryn Paul, senior vice president and regional manager for Kaiser Permanente, Dr. Ronald Potts, president and medical director of Kaiser Permanente's Ohio Permanente Medical Group (OPMG), and Dr. Floyd Loop, chairman of the board of governors of The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, signed the agreement.
 Provisions in the contract call for Kaiser Permanente to begin moving selected affiliated hospital care and medical referral services to The Cleveland Clinic early in 1993.
 Kaiser Permanente made the decision in December of 1991 to affiliate with The Cleveland Clinic, to better manage certain administrative and medical costs, to make services more accessible and convenient for members, consolidate the majority of physician specialists at one location, and broaden the availability of physician specialists.
 This consolidation process is to be completed in early 1994 when most Kaiser Permanente members will receive hospital care and medical referral services from The Cleveland Clinic. Exceptions include maternity services, which will continue to be provided by Fairview General Hospital on the west side and MetroHealth St. Luke's Medical Center on the east side.
 Lake county and Akron area members will only be admitted and referred to The Cleveland Clinic for certain highly specialized procedures.
 The completion of the phase-in will occur early in 1994, with Kaiser Permanente's Parma Hospital being converted into a high acuity ambulatory center, with 24-hour emergency room and observation capabilities. The Kaiser Permanente Parma medical offices will remain open as usual, and there will be no change in services at Kaiser Permanente's 10 other medical offices.
 "Under the new affiliation, Kaiser Permanente and The Cleveland Clinic Foundation will remain separate and independent organizations, but will work closely in providing members with quality care and services at a competitive cost," Paul said.
 Kaiser Permanente administrators project that by the end of the phase-in period in 1994, an estimated volume of around 70 percent of Kaiser Permanente's hospital and specialist services will be provided at the centrally located Cleveland Clinic.
 "The system for serving the majority of Kaiser Permanente members' health care needs will change very little under the new agreement. Members will continue seeing their personal Kaiser Permanente physician at his or her medical office. Kaiser Permanente physicians will see and care for the patients that they admit to The Cleveland Clinic's hospital and will seek consultation from, or send referrals to, Cleveland Clinic physicians only when very specialized care is involved," Paul said.
 "The contract will bring about a unique partnership between our multi-specialty group practice, OPMG, and the physician group of The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, building on the strengths and goals of both," Potts said. "Kaiser Permanente physicians will have access to The Cleveland Clinic Foundation's outstanding educational programs and will participate in various Clinic research programs.
 "The new affiliation with The Cleveland Clinic," he continued, "will also enhance the Clinic's residency program, strengthen professional ties between the two organizations and provide a superb pool of physicians to meet Kaiser Permanente members' health care needs.
 "Our vision of this relationship is one that will have major benefits to our members, to the physicians of both groups and most importantly, to our community," Potts said.
 About 11 percent of current OPMG physicians trained at The Cleveland Clinic before joining Kaiser Permanente, including eight of Kaiser Permanente's 29 newest physicians, who were residents, fellows or on the full-time staff at The Clinic before joining OPMG.
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 /CONTACT: Nancy Depke, president of Depke and Associates, Inc., 216-574-9050, for Kaiser Permanente/ CO: Kaiser Permanente ST: Ohio IN: HEA SU: TNM


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