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.
October 24, 1989 |
California health insurers are planning double-digit premium increases in 1990, putting renewed pressure on employers to either trim coverage or pass the added cost along to their workers. The giant Kaiser Foundation Health Plans has announced its largest increases in basic rates since 1980: 19.6% for the Northern California region and 17.5% for the Southern California region. Kaiser is the nation's largest health maintenance organization and by far the dominant HMO in California, with about 4.
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September 9, 1988
An advocacy group for the handicapped has filed suit against the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, alleging that it intends to drastically reduce in-home nursing care to disabled patients, placing some of them "at risk of death." The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court by the Western Law Center for the Handicapped, says Kaiser gave one week's notice to the parents of a 6-year-old Los Angeles boy that his home nursing care would be cut from 16 to five hours daily.
November 9, 1987
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan switchboards in Northern California have been deluged with calls from worried people ever since the organization announced it would urge 30,000 members to take AIDS tests. Kaiser spokeswoman Susan Pieper said the calls range from people seeking only information to those anxious to have the test as soon as possible.