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.
December 22, 1995 |
In what is believed to be the first effort of its kind, the giant Kaiser Foundation Health Plan is seeking to pay bonuses to nurses who help move patients out of hospitals faster and cut other medical costs. Critics of such incentives--widely offered to doctors--say they create a conflict of interest by encouraging medical providers to skimp on care so they can make more money. Because they are paid less than doctors, nurses may be particularly vulnerable to such conflicts, critics add.
November 3, 1995 |
In what could be its first major review in 20 years of binding arbitration clauses in health plan contracts, the California Supreme Court agreed Thursday to consider a case in which the giant Kaiser Foundation Health Plan is accused of stalling an arbitration hearing until after the claimant died. The move may have saved Kaiser as much as $250,000 in damages. At issue in the case is Kaiser's mandatory arbitration clause, which forces its more than 4.
August 30, 1995 |
The family of Wilfredo Engalla says Kaiser medicine doomed him to death from inoperable lung cancer. Then, they say, "Kaiser justice" made matters worse. That's what Engalla's widow and four children allege happened when they tried to press a malpractice claim against Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, the nation's largest health maintenance organization.
May 16, 1995 |
In a case that underscores the shrinking options available to patients with complaints about their medical care, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to allow a California woman to sue her HMO in state court over allegations that it contributed to her son's 1991 death by denying experimental treatment for his cancer. The court declined without comment to overturn federal district court and court of appeals rulings against the mother, Billie J. Comer of Pleasanton.
August 20, 1993 |
Wayne R. Moon, president and chief operating officer of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, on Thursday was named president and chief executive of rival Blue Shield of California. It is telling that San Francisco-based Blue Shield, one of California's largest fee-for-service insurers, tapped the giant health maintenance organization for a new leader. Like other traditional carriers, Blue Shield has shifted focus toward managed care, the likely model for federal health reforms.
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.