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.
August 1, 1997 |
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.
April 24, 1997 |
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."
April 9, 1997 |
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.
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.
July 23, 1996 |
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.