May 21, 2004 |
Democratic Assembly leaders Thursday ordered a public hearing to scrutinize the sale of Blue Cross of California to an Indiana company after learning that state regulators were set to approve the merger behind closed doors. In the past, state regulators have held public hearings on health company mergers to see if consumers were being protected and the law was being followed. The state Department of Managed Health Care, however, is nearing a decision on Anthem Inc.'s proposed $15.
November 22, 2003 |
Blue Cross of California backed away from its plan to cancel a contract with a Tenet Healthcare Corp.'s hospital that the insurer had accused of performing unnecessary heart procedures. Blue Cross of California, owned by WellPoint Health Networks Inc. of Thousand Oaks, previously said it would terminate its contract with Doctors Medical Center of Modesto on Nov. 30.
November 5, 2003 |
Tenet Healthcare Corp., the biggest hospital operator in California, said the state's top insurer would stop covering care at a company medical facility in Modesto amid allegations it performed unnecessary heart procedures. WellPoint Health Networks Inc.'s Blue Cross of California, which has about 6.8 million members, will end its contract with Doctors Medical Center of Modesto on Nov.
September 24, 2003 |
Blue Cross of California and Kaiser Permanente will drop Medicare Plus Choice plan coverage for more than 7,500 people in Ventura and Santa Clara counties next year in what the companies described as regrettable but unavoidable decisions. The change will affect 2,937 Blue Cross members and 3,500 Kaiser members in Ventura County, according to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
October 27, 2002 |
Blue Cross of California reached a partial agreement with hospital operator HCA Inc. in a contract dispute that has been disrupting care for patients in several California communities. For weeks, the health-care giants had been at loggerheads over how much Blue Cross will reimburse HCA for services at its six California hospitals. Contracts expired Oct. 1, leaving tens of thousands of Blue Cross members without coverage for most services at the hospitals, except for emergencies.
October 23, 2002 |
Blue Cross of California said late Tuesday that it reached a partial agreement with hospital operator HCA Inc. in a lingering contract dispute that has been disrupting care for patients in several California communities. For weeks the health-care giants had been at loggerheads over how much Blue Cross will reimburse HCA for services at its six California hospitals. Contracts expired Oct.
October 10, 2002 |
Blue Cross of California, one of the nation's largest health insurers, this fall will begin keeping a quality scorecard on thousands of physicians and pay bonuses to those who meet high standards of care. The incentive program, to be announced today, is part of a growing movement nationally to hold health providers more accountable for the quality as well as the cost of care. In recent years, almost all of the quality focus has been on HMOs.
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July 30, 2002 |
Blue Cross of California and its parent company, Wellpoint Health Networks Inc., have agreed to pay $9.25 million to resolve a whistle-blower lawsuit accusing Blue Cross of defrauding the Medicare system, the U.S.Justice Department said Monday. The alleged abuses occurred during the 1990s while Blue Cross was operating under contract with the federal government to process and audit Medicare claims in the state.
May 23, 2002 |
Under pressure from hospitals, Blue Cross of California has backed off selling "tiered hospital" policies, which group hospitals by cost and increase co-payments for consumers who use the costlier facilities. Senior executives at Blue Cross, the state's largest health insurer, said the company changed course after encountering vigorous opposition from hospitals.
March 9, 2002 |
The multibillion-dollar business of prescription allergy drugs took a sharp turn Friday as WellPoint Health Networks Inc. said it plans to steer allergy patients from prescription medications to over-the-counter versions of Claritin. The announcement came as Schering-Plough Corp. disclosed plans to market Claritin as a nonprescription drug when its patent expires in December.