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Inova clinicians and facilities out of Kaiser network

FALLS CHURCH, VA – (September 24, 2013) – Following protracted negotiations since March of 2013, Inova announced today that as of October 1st Kaiser Permanente will no longer consider Inova as an in-network provider.  Consequently, Kaiser members will no longer be referred by Kaiser to Inova facilities, physicians or out-patient services.

“It is extremely disappointing, after months of discussion, to come away without an affiliation renewal especially as open enrollment looms for many in the Metro area,” commented Mark Stauder, President and COO of Inova.  “We addressed many points ranging from physician privileges to reimbursement rates, offering favorable solutions in good faith.  But since 2007 Kaiser referrals to Inova have fallen 80% clearly demonstrating Inova is not part of Kaiser’s long-term strategic consideration.”

Inova, the region’s leading healthcare provider with all five hospitals among the top 15 regionally including Inova Fairfax Hospital ranked #1 in the Metro DC market for a second year in a row by U-S News & World Report, has historically provided Kaiser members high quality healthcare at market cost. “This impasse is regrettable not so much for Inova and Kaiser Permanente, but for the community who enjoyed superior care afforded by this affiliation,” observed Stauder.

As the region’s leading healthcare provider, Inova’s commitment to research and clinical innovation provides the community personalized medical attention, every time…every touch.  Inova remains committed to finding meaningful ways to advance care delivery, enhance the patient experience and improve the health of every patient for whom we are privileged to care.

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About Inova

Inova is a not-for-profit healthcare system based in Northern Virginia that serves more than 2 million people each year from throughout the Washington, DC, metro area and beyond.  Inova is a comprehensive network of hospitals, outpatient services and facilities, primary and specialty care practices, and health and wellness initiatives.

Inova encompasses the full array of health services, including the area’s only Level 1 Trauma Center and Level IV neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). We are home to many nationally and internationally recognized programs, including Inova Heart and Vascular Institute (IHVI), Inova Translational Medicine Institute (ITMI), and the Inova Dwight and Martha Schar Cancer Institute.

More information and statistics about Inova is at www.inova.org.