A health care model that’s working

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by Geoff Colvin,

from Fortune Magazine,

CEO Bernard J. Tyson explains why Kaiser Permanente looks strong in a fast-changing industry.

Kaiser Permanente CEO Bernard Tyson

Bernard J. Tyson runs Kaiser Permanente, a giant, integrated health care system that combines an insurance company, hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, and salaried doctors. That unusual structure looks a lot like an accountable-care organization as envisioned in the Affordable Care Act, and it has made KP a focus of intense interest as change roils the industry. Tyson, 55, talked recently with Fortune about the upside of industry consolidation, why he wears a fitness wristband, and much else. Edited excerpts:

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