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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.
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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.
OPINION
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.
BUSINESS
July 23, 1996 | DAVID R. OLMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If medical care can be rated like automobiles, then the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan might be considered the Lexus of California health plans, at least according to a survey of HMO member satisfaction conducted by Consumer Reports magazine.
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