CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
April 9, 2005 |
HMOs, once the top choice for Americans who get healthcare as a job perk, are so last century. Tightly controlled health maintenance organizations have steadily lost ground over the last decade to preferred provider organizations, which offer greater choice of physicians and hospitals and direct access to specialists -- though at a higher price.
January 5, 2005 |
California regulators proposed prescription drug protections for HMO members Tuesday, describing the rules as the nation's first to mandate broad coverage of medically necessary medications. Although they hailed the thrust of the draft regulations, patient advocates said they feared vague language could allow health maintenance organizations to raise drug co-payments beyond the reach of many consumers, contradicting the spirit of the 2002 law the rules are supposed to implement.