April 16, 2019
A message to our Psych-Social Workers from Annie Russell, RN, chief operating officer, Southern California Permanente Medical Group; Arlene Peasnall, senior vice president, Human Resources Consulting, National Human Resources, Kaiser Permanente Health Plan and Hospitals; and Maryanne Malzone, interim senior vice president, Human Resources, Kaiser Permanente Southern California Health Plan and Hospitals:
At the 20th bargaining session held April 12, Kaiser Permanente and NUHW representatives finalized a tentative agreement on how to create a “Psychotherapy Model of Care and Innovation Collaborative.” This would be a 10-member group that would include an equal number of NUHW and KP representatives who would meet on average twice a month and require a 6-month commitment to develop measurable and clear recommendations to improve delivery of effective, high-quality clinical care.
An additional tentative agreement was signed by both parties to retain a subcontracting provision from the expired 2015 – 2018 agreement.
KP also proposed a tentative agreement centering around incentive plans for Psychiatry, Addiction Medicine, Medical Social Work, and Home Health. The proposal is currently under review by the NUHW.
Other economic items were not addressed during this session and may be discussed at the next confirmed bargaining session scheduled on April 24.