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.


September 2020 (PDF)

Highlights include:

  • Authorization upgrade launches
  • Updates for the 2020-21 flu season
  • Cardiology care updates for Spokane
  • New and updated payment policies
  • Kaiser Permanente walk-in pharmacy opens in Bellingham
  • Digital breast tomosynthesis improves cancer detection and reduces recalls for most women
  • Tobacco and nicotine cessation guideline updated
  • New monitoring requirements for chronic opioid therapy
  • Colorectal cancer screening guideline updated
  • Acute opioid prescribing updates
  • Kaiser Permanente 2020 drug formularies

June 2020 (PDF)

Highlights include:

  • An important message from Greg Adams, Chairman and CEO
  • New referrals and authorization improvement launch date
  • Tips on how to navigate the prescription drugs prior authorization process
  • Ways to contact the Pharmacy Drug Benefit Help Desk
  • Language services and accessibility requirements
  • New chronic obstructive pulmonary disease guideline available
  • Chronic opioid therapy safety guideline updated
  • Kaiser Permanente 2020 drug formularies

March 2020 (PDF)

Highlights include:

  • New provider site tools launching this spring
  • Kaiser Permanente Washington awards and recognition
  • Approval and denial authorization notification methods
  • Kaiser Permanente opens new medical center in Smokey Point
  • Kaiser Permanente expands nutrition counseling services
  • Why should your patients use mail order for their prescriptions from a Kaiser Permanente pharmacy?
  • 2020 drug formularies

December 2019 (PDF)

Highlights include:

  • Emergency Patient Resources and Options program to coordinate care
  • Mourning the passing of Bernard J. Tyson
  • Washington's new Balance Billing Protection Act
  • South Lake Union Medical Office garners design award
  • Kaiser Permanente Washington's medical financial assistance program information resources
  • HOME trial team wins Birnbaum award
  • Screening, testing, and treatment for expanded list of sexually transmitted infections
  • HIV screening and PrEP guideline updated
  • A summary of opioid prescribing edits
  • Kaiser Permanente 2020 drug formularies

October 2019 (PDF)

Highlights include:

  • New President and CEO of Washington Permanente Medical Group selected
  • Referrals upgrade update
  • Updated online demographic and practice change forms
  • The lucrative secondary market for glucose test strips
  • Eliminate duplicate claims to save providers time and work
  • Are you familiar with the KP Referral Management Unit?
  • Primary care patients say 'it's important to ask' about suicidal thoughts
  • Kaiser Permanente drug formularies
  • Have you caught up on the latest Pharmacy E-News?