August 29, 2007 |
Eight months after pledging to put the brakes on retroactive cancellations of individual health insurance policies, the state agency that regulates HMOs said Tuesday that new rules were taking longer than anticipated because of the variety of health plans involved. Cindy Ehnes, director of the California Department of Managed Health Care, pledged in December to introduce regulations aimed at stopping most retroactive cancellations of individual coverage. The department held a public hearing Jan.
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July 26, 2007 |
Kaiser Permanente will be assessed a record fine today for its haphazard investigations of questionable care, physician performance and patient complaints at its California hospitals, according to state HMO regulators. The California Department of Managed Health Care said it will levy a $3-million fine against Kaiser, the largest HMO in the state, with 29 medical centers and more than 6 million members.
July 17, 2007 |
State regulators Monday postponed a hearing originally set for this week on complaints against Blue Cross of California, because its parent company has requested a more detailed agenda. The hearing now is set for Aug. 7 in Los Angeles. The state Department of Managed Health Care, which oversees HMOs, said last week that it had received more than 1,600 complaints from policyholders and doctors in less than three years against Blue Cross, the state's largest health insurer.
November 30, 2006 |
California consumers continue to pay lower premiums with health maintenance organizations than with other forms of health insurance. But the state's HMOs may be losing their ability to contain prices and are no longer much cheaper than their counterparts elsewhere in the country, according to a report released Wednesday.
June 14, 2006 |
Rate increases for health maintenance organizations are set to decline in 2007 for the fourth consecutive year, but still create challenges for employers, according to a report released Tuesday. Preliminary figures indicate that HMO rates will jump 11.7% next year, down from initial estimates of 12.4% in 2006 and 13.7% in 2005, said Hewitt Associates, a consulting firm based in Lincolnshire, Ill.
September 14, 2005 |
California's 10 largest HMOs continue to have "critical shortfalls" and mediocre results in providing preventive care, although overall quality of care has improved and members are increasingly satisfied with their plans, said state officials who released an annual HMO "report card" Tuesday. The annual survey by the state Office of the Patient Advocate rated Kaiser Permanente's Southern California operation the highest, with 10 out of a possible 12 stars.