Provider Update

This quarterly newsletter reports on business and clinical news, including a summary of clinical updates, continuing education opportunities, and drug formulary updates. Newsletters are available online for one year.


March 2019 (PDF)

Highlights include:

  • Health care execs pick Kaiser Permanente in annual survey
  • EFT deposit and check mail dates
  • HEDIS® medical record review season: February-May 2019
  • Submit evidence of screenings to our Fax Back program
  • Self-management workshops available for members
  • Check the Provider Manual regularly for updates
  • Depression updates include new standalone perinatal guideline
  • Guidelines updated to improve patient safety
  • Kaiser Permanente drug formularies

December 2018 (PDF)

Highlights include:

  • Five new Kaiser Permanente Washington medical centers coming soon to the Puget Sound area
  • Spokane Columbia Medical Associates integration continues
  • Did a Kaiser Permanente member select you as their new primary care provider?
  • Tacoma Ambulatory Surgical Center #1 in all Kaiser Permanente regions
  • Questions about the scope of a referral authorization
  • Self-management workshops available for members
  • Ensure uninterrupted opioid prescriptions as new Medicare requirement takes effect
  • Kaiser Permanente drug formularies

September 2018 (PDF)

Highlights include:

  • Prior authorization required to ensure safe use of chronic opioids
  • Claims PO Box updated to new address
  • Expedited appeal requests reminders
  • Provider directory search improvements on the way
  • Five new clinics coming soon
  • Genetic testing and Kaiser Permanente's preferred relationship with Invitae
  • KP Washington's Enterprise Home Infustion Therapy service line
  • Weight management guideline updated

June 2018 (PDF)

Highlights include:

  • Kaiser Permanente's Diabetes Prevention Program launched
  • New process for collecting appointment access information
  • Meet one of our 2018 Special Olympics USA Games medical leaders
  • Provider reconsideration requests procedure
  • New headache guideline
  • Clinical trial of H7N9 bird flu vaccine starts

March 2018 (PDF)

Highlights include:

  • Medical volunteers still needed for the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games!
  • Meet Kaiser Permanente’s new Vice President of Provider Network Strategy
  • Collection of cost-sharing from dual eligible beneficiaries is prohibited
  • Free suicide prevention training for health care professionals
  • Member ID cards are going digital