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March 1, 2003 | Denise Gellene
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Inc., the nonprofit company that operates Kaiser Permanente, said Friday that it lost $525 million in the fourth quarter of 2002 on revenue of $5.8 billion. The Oakland-based integrated health-care system, which includes the health maintenance organization and Kaiser hospitals, blamed the loss on costs associated with a change in how it maintains medical records. In the same period in 2001, Kaiser reported net income of $187 million on $5 billion in revenue.
June 15, 2002
In his June 10 commentary, "HMOs Stalk Patients' Rights," Jamie Court describes a Kaiser Permanente that exists only in his mind and in the minds of his trial attorney cohorts. It's time for the truth. The health-care organizations that comprise Kaiser Permanente--Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and the Permanente Medical Groups--supported the creation of the Department of Managed Health Care and continue to support strong, principled and effective regulation of health plans by the DMHC.
January 8, 2002
"Cases Reveal Lapses in Kaiser Emergency Care" (Jan. 2) describes nine medical malpractice cases involving Kaiser Foundation Hospital emergency rooms [decided] in the past seven years--nine cases among more than 10 million patients treated. All of us at Kaiser Permanente wish that number was zero. We acknowledge regretfully that errors in medical judgment and in the delivery of care do sometimes occur. As the Institute of Medicine's report on patient safety and medical errors concluded, "to err is human."
After three years of losses, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan & Hospitals expects to end its 2000 fiscal year in the black and said Monday that it had earned $180 million in net income in its third quarter. By contrast, in the same quarter last year, Kaiser lost $29 million; it finished the year with a net loss of $6 million. "We feel good, but the race isn't won yet," said Kaiser spokeswoman Beverly Hayon. Revenue rose to $4.4 billion from $4.3 billion in the year-ago quarter.
August 25, 1999 | MEGAN GARVEY
Kaiser Permanente members in South County will be able to use Irvine Medical Center this fall if a new five-year agreement signed Tuesday gets regulatory approval. The agreement includes maternity, emergency and some medical and surgical care at the private hospital.
June 17, 1999 | From Associated Press
A state investigation of a leading HMO found no proof the company improperly removed drugs from its formulary, but similar probes of five other insurers continue, officials said. The state Department of Corporations notified Oakland-based Kaiser Foundation Health Plan that the "information reviewed, including the large amount of information provided by the plan [Kaiser], does not support the allegations," the department said this week.
March 17, 1999 | Nancy Rivera Brooks
A consumer advocacy group sued Kaiser Foundation Health Plan over a television advertising campaign in which the nonprofit health maintenance organization proclaims that its doctors, not its administrators, make all decisions on patient care, basing them on medical rather than financial concerns.
Moving to fulfill a campaign pledge to step up scrutiny of health maintenance organizations, the Davis administration confirmed Wednesday that it is pursuing an "investigation of possible violations" in the way six HMOs approve drugs for patients.
January 1, 1999 | A Times Staff Writer
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, the largest nonprofit health maintenance organization, said California's Department of Corporations has denied its request to drop coverage in 1999 of anti-impotence drug Viagra and other sexual-dysfunction treatments. Kaiser spokesman Jim Anderson said the Oakland-based HMO's current policy of requiring patients to pay 50% of the treatment costs will stand.
December 29, 1998 | A Times Staff Writer
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.
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