CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 2008 |
An arbitration panel has faulted Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Inc. for contributing to the overdose death of a patient in 2005 and awarded his family $319,000. The panel found the Kaiser hospital in Harbor City "fell beneath the standard of care" and that the insulin overdose was "a substantial contributing factor" in the death of 73-year-old Peter Lakos, the panel wrote in a decision dated Jan. 30. Lakos, a Type 2 diabetic, was injected with 10 times the normal dose of insulin and went into respiratory arrest in 2005.
January 26, 1997
Re "HMO Trend Demands Eagle-Eyed State Oversight," by Jamie Court, Commentary, Jan. 15: The Kaiser Foundation Health Plan is indeed a nonprofit organization, and the "profits" Court discusses so glibly are plowed right back into the health plan to benefit the members through new technology, upgraded facilities and expanded services. According to the California Medical Assn.'s analysis of various public financial filings, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan spends 96.8% of every dollar on actual medical care--more than any other California health plan.
August 24, 1996 |
Humana to Sell D.C. Plans to Kaiser: The move by Humana Inc. comes after $30 million in losses this year on the plans and a disappointing second quarter for the company. It also comes as Oakland-based Kaiser Permanente, the nation's largest nonprofit operator of health maintenance organizations at 7.4 million members, is boosting its East Coast presence.
December 29, 1998 |
The state Department of Corporations said it has closed its investigation of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan's policies regarding the anti-impotence pill Viagra after finding that the HMO earlier this year "may have encouraged" its doctors not to prescribe the drug because of cost considerations. In April, Kaiser, the nation's largest nonprofit HMO, announced that, with rare exceptions, it would not cover the cost of the expensive treatment for sexual dysfunction.
March 30, 1993
With contract negotiations at a stalemate, the union that represents 12,000 Kaiser Foundation Health Plan employees is urging its members to reject the giant HMO's final offer and stage a one-day walkout Thursday, the day their three-year contract expires. The action appears, at least for the time being, to avert a threatened strike. Officials of the Service Employees International Union Local 399 say their members will return to work Friday while they and Kaiser attempt to resume negotiations.
March 20, 1988
A landmark court settlement has been approved in San Francisco that could provide $25 million to $50 million to about 5,000 women for in-vitro fertilization. The agreement was negotiated between Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and thousands of women who had been denied coverage for the fertilization procedure. Women will receive compensation of up to $50,000 each for the procedure, which has a 20% success rate and frequently must be repeated.