Doctors listed in the Kaiser Permanente online directory include both primary-care physicians and a broad range of medical specialists. The directory lists doctors' areas of specialization the District of Columbia and in eight U.S. states, which include California, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii and Maryland, as well as Oregon, Virginia and Washington.
Kaiser Permanente doctors perform preventive services such as immunizations, and they monitor routine appointments, manage hospitalization for patients, and perform surgery. Its primary care physicians and specialists often practice together in groups, according to Kaiser. By working in partnership with outpatient clinics, Kaiser doctors focus on preventive care and minimizing the length of patients' hospital stays, states the British Medical Journal in an article published by the National Institutes of Health. Kaiser's research emphasis on preventive medicine is made clear by its focus on vaccine and genetic studies. Kaiser conducts between 200 and 300 research studies annually, as noted by its Division of Research.
Kaiser is the largest managed-care organization in the United States as of 2012, according to the Los Angeles Times. Kaiser employs doctors who benefit by belonging to its network of foundations as well as its for-profit and non-profit corporations, according to the San Jose Mercury News. Doctors become stockholders after three years with the company, states Kaiser Permanente. Kaiser pays its doctors through reimbursements from the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan. Affiliated doctors work on a salary basis, and they are not paid per service.