May 20, 1997 |
The Senate Rules Committee abruptly backed away Monday from rejecting Gov. Pete Wilson's embattled chief regulator of the HMO industry in California after Wilson unexpectedly named a health-care ombudsman, meeting a key demand of opponents.
May 17, 1997 |
In a scathing review of one of California's largest dental HMOs, state regulators Friday accused Western Dental Services of providing "shoddy, dangerous" medical care and showing a "contemptuous disregard" for patients, many of whom are poor or speak little English. "While this type of assembly line operation may be perfectly acceptable in the meatpacking industry, it has absolutely no place in the practice of dentistry," a lawsuit by the state Department of Corporations declares.
May 13, 1997 |
California's top regulator of HMOs ran into more trouble Monday when a state Senate committee put off his confirmation after the Wilson administration failed to pledge more money to beef up oversight over the fast-growing health plans. The Senate Rules Committee, which is considering the nomination of acting Department of Corporations Commissioner Keith P. Bishop, said it would ask Gov.
December 9, 1996 |
FHP International Corp., accused last month by its former chairman of violating an agreement to keep an arms-length relationship with the nonprofit FHP Foundation, has told state regulators that the accusation is groundless. Robert Gumbiner, former chairman of both the company and the foundation, contended in a Nov. 19 letter to the state Department of Corporations that the Long Beach-based health-care foundation's nine-member board included four members of the FHP International board.
November 22, 1996 |
A state agency is looking into allegations by Robert Gumbiner, the disgruntled former chairman of FHP International Corp., that the Santa Ana health maintenance organization is violating a state requirement that it keep an arms-length relationship with the nonprofit FHP Foundation. Gumbiner filed his complaint earlier this week in a letter to Department of Corporations Commissioner Keith Paul Bishop.
October 30, 1996 |
In a case that drew national attention to controversial HMO policies, an administrative law judge Tuesday upheld a $500,000 civil fine against a California HMO accused of denying medical care to a young cancer patient. State regulators vowed to enforce the ruling. The milestone case marks the only time in 20 years of regulating HMOs that the California Department of Corporations has levied a fine against a health plan for denial of medical services.
September 18, 1996 |
A veteran health industry executive who once ran the lobbying efforts of a large California health maintenance organization has been appointed a key regulator over the HMO industry. Gov. Pete Wilson named Gary G. Hagen, 48, assistant commissioner of the Department of Corporations in charge of its health-care division. The agency regulates HMOs serving about 16 million Californians. The agency post had been vacant for about a year. Hagen, a Republican, starts his new job Monday.
September 12, 1996 |
State Sen. Steve Peace (D-Chula Vista) was not particularly surprised when a group of lobbyists for the state's biggest health maintenance organizations spoke out at a hearing last month to oppose his bill to reform the state's regulation of their industry. It was that officials of the very agency charged with regulating the HMOs were doing the same that enraged him.
September 4, 1996 |
As fall approaches, people across Orange County once again face a decision to either stick with their health insurance plan for another year--or switch. Surely, consumers can use all the help they can get in evaluating plans. Still, they needn't bother consulting the state's first annual report on complaints lodged against health maintenance organizations by consumers.