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OPINION
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."
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BUSINESS
October 31, 2000 | SHARON BERNSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
NEWS
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.
BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
August 1, 1997 | DAVID R. OLMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For the last two years, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan's mandatory system for arbitrating legal disputes with its members has been the focus of news media scrutiny, complaints from lawyers, legislators and consumer groups, and, last month, a stinging rebuke from the California Supreme Court.
BUSINESS
April 24, 1997 | DAVID R. OLMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan in Texas routinely refused to pay for emergency room care, even in some cases where Kaiser nurses advised patients to seek emergency treatment, according to a controversial state report released by Texas regulators. The report, provided to The Times on Wednesday, also said Kaiser failed to act on complaints against its physicians, and it faulted the company for "an unacceptable disregard for quality-of-care issues."
BUSINESS
April 9, 1997 | DAVID R. OLMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lawyers for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan underwent sharp questioning Tuesday by the California Supreme Court in a case that could change the ground rules for companies that require customers to agree to arbitrate disputes. Several justices strongly disputed oral arguments that Kaiser's out-of-court system for resolving malpractice and other claims is a fair and speedy process for Kaiser members.
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