March 20, 2007

Dr. Fleischman named VP of Medicaid

OAKLAND, Calif. – Susan Fleischman, MD, was named vice president of Medicaid for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Inc., and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals. She will provide national leadership to enhance Kaiser Permanente's Medicaid participation. Fleischman joins the organization March 26 and will be based in Kaiser Permanente's Southern California Region.

"Kaiser Permanente has taken a number of steps recently focusing on its Medicaid participation, including naming business leaders within each Kaiser Permanente region to work with the Permanente Medical Group in identifying strategies to serve more beneficiaries," said Herman Weil, senior vice president, Medicare-Government Programs for Kaiser Permanente. "This new role is intended to coordinate these efforts across Kaiser Permanente regions."

"We are fortunate to have Susan in this new leadership role to help us continue to expand Medicaid participation, particularly with vulnerable populations where there is typically a greater need," said Raymond J. Baxter, PhD, Kaiser Permanente senior vice president of Community Benefit. "Last year, Kaiser Permanente provided coverage to nearly 700,000 children and adults across the nation through our own innovative charitable coverage programs, traditional charity care in our hospitals and clinics, Medicaid, State Children's Health Insurance Plans, and to low-income Medicare recipients. Expanding and improving access to health care and coverage in all the communities we serve is fundamental to Kaiser Permanente's community benefit mission to make total health a reality for everyone."

Fleischman's professional career is dedicated to serving low-income, vulnerable populations, as well as advocating for their access to health care. Most recently Fleischman was Western Region medical director for Wellpoint's State Sponsored Business, where she led and oversaw a program serving 1.5 million members in five states who are insured through government payors including Medicaid and SCHIP. Prior to that Fleischman served as director of Medical Services for the Venice Family Clinic in Los Angeles County. She has also held leadership positions in several prominent community-based organizations, including chairing the California Primary Care Association.

"Susan's experience and capabilities are uniquely suited to help move forward our objectives to serve more Medicaid beneficiaries," said Weil. "She has a deep understanding of Medicaid, a wide breadth of experience in establishing the service and care delivery infrastructure necessary to support this population, and a track record of advocating on their behalf at the local, state, and federal levels."

Kaiser Permanente's community benefit initiatives are dedicated to improving the health of communities through grants, community-based health partnerships, education, research and direct health coverage for low-income families in collaboration with community clinics, health departments and public hospitals. Over the past nine years the organization has steadily increased its community benefit spending, reaching a high last year of more than $800 million.