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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 14, 1999
Suzanne Gordon's commentary ("The Doctor Can't See You Now," July 6) parrots the wrongheaded popular notion that there is something inherently wrong with "managing care," but she has her facts wrong on the issue of preventive care--especially when it comes to Kaiser Permanente. Ask a patient who was diagnosed with treatable cancer after one of our screening tests if she is glad we were able to catch it early. Ask a member who came in complaining about stress if he's glad his doctor recommended stress reduction classes.
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BUSINESS
March 10, 2014 | By Chad Terhune
For the seventh consecutive year, Kaiser Permanente ranked highest in customer satisfaction for health insurance among California policyholders, according to ratings firm J.D. Power & Associates. But two other major rivals -- Blue Shield of California and Anthem Blue Cross -- scored the lowest on member satisfaction among seven California health plans. In its annual survey, J.D. Power surveyed more than 34,000 customers of 136 commercial health plans in December and January in 18 regions across the country.
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BUSINESS
January 15, 2014 | By Chad Terhune
Amid further delays for consumers, California's two largest health insurers extended payment deadlines once more for people who signed up for Jan. 1 coverage through the Covered California exchange. Anthem Blue Cross, a unit of industry giant WellPoint Inc., said it is giving new enrollees until Jan. 31 to pay their first month's premium. Kaiser Permanente, the state's largest HMO, extended the deadline to Jan. 22. Wednesday remains the official deadline for other policies purchased through the Covered California exchange, but its 11 insurers are free to grant extra time, and customers are urged to check with their specific health plan.
HOME & GARDEN
January 24, 2014 | By Wendy Kennar
Our entire relationship history can be summed up within a 10-mile radius. It starts in 1976. Paul and I were born at Kaiser Permanente on Sunset Boulevard, two weeks apart. He jokes that he winked at me as I was wheeled by. For a brief time, his mother worked for Pacific Telephone, the same company that employed my dad for 30 years. It wasn't until our junior year at Fairfax High School that we met. We wound up in the same English literature class, sat near each other and bonded over our mutual dislike for our disorganized teacher.
BUSINESS
December 10, 2013 | By Chad Terhune
Healthcare giant Kaiser Permanente has notified about 49,000 patients of a privacy breach at its Anaheim Medical Center. Kaiser said a computer flash drive was reported missing Sept. 25 inside the hospital's nuclear medicine department. The storage drive included patient names, date of birth, their medical record number and the type and amount of a specific medication. The files didn't contain Social Security numbers or financial information, the company said. "Kaiser Permanente takes the protection of our members' personal and health information seriously, and we apologize for this occurrence," said Kaiser spokeswoman Peggy Hinz.
BUSINESS
November 5, 2012 | By Chad Terhune
Kaiser Permanente's board said it will promote a veteran executive to be the next chairman and chief executive of the healthcare giant. Bernard J. Tyson will replace George Halvorson, 65, who is retiring next year after a long tenure at the helm of the Oakland company. Tyson, 53, has been Kaiser's president and chief operating officer for the past two years. He has held a variety of roles during his 28-year career at Kaiser and he's credited with helping create the company's "Thrive" advertising campaign.
BUSINESS
June 18, 2012 | By Chad Terhune
Kaiser Permanente, California's largest nonprofit health plan, ranked highest in employer satisfaction nationwide in the latest J.D. Power and Associates study. The study, now in its third year, asked employers about service, benefit design, problem resolution, cost and other measures. Kaiser led all fully insured plans with a score of 716 out of 1,000 total points. Aetna Inc. scored highest for employer self-funded plans with 680 points. In the fully insured category, two of the industry's biggest companies - UnitedHealthcare and WellPoint - scored below average.
BUSINESS
October 5, 2012 | By Chad Terhune, Los Angeles Times
The longtime chairman and chief executive of Kaiser Permanente, George Halvorson, plans to retire in December 2013, and the nonprofit health system is searching for a new leader. Halvorson, 65, helped build the Oakland company into the nation's largest nonprofit insurer and hospital system, with more than 9 million customers and nearly $50 billion in annual revenue. It employs 17,000 physicians nationwide. Kaiser is the largest health maintenance organization in California with about 6.6 million members.
BUSINESS
October 21, 2013 | By Shan Li
Some of the top employers looking to hire in Los Angeles include fast-food chain McDonald's and healthcare provider Kaiser Permanente. That's according to a new report from job site SimplyHired.com, which took a look at the companies posting the most job openings in cities around the country. In Los Angeles, McDonald's currently has about 1,600 jobs open in the city, while Kaiser Permanente has about 1,500 positions available. 24 Hour Fitness (1,200), USC (900) and Citigroup (775)
NEWS
November 12, 1995
More than 13,700 Kaiser Permanente workers rejected a final contract offer Saturday and authorized a strike if labor negotiations fail to reach an agreement. Members of the Health Care Workers Union Local 250 voted by 96% to reject the offer during 10 days of secret balloting that were tallied Saturday. Kaiser spokeswoman Kathy Blackburn said the next step will be for a mediator who has been involved in the talks to decide whether to call the two sides back.
BUSINESS
January 15, 2014 | By Chad Terhune
Amid further delays for consumers, California's two largest health insurers extended payment deadlines once more for people who signed up for Jan. 1 coverage through the Covered California exchange. Anthem Blue Cross, a unit of industry giant WellPoint Inc., said it is giving new enrollees until Jan. 31 to pay their first month's premium. Kaiser Permanente, the state's largest HMO, extended the deadline to Jan. 22. Wednesday remains the official deadline for other policies purchased through the Covered California exchange, but its 11 insurers are free to grant extra time, and customers are urged to check with their specific health plan.
BUSINESS
January 4, 2014 | By Chad Terhune
Amid deepening consumer frustration, California's health exchange extended the payment deadline to Jan. 15 for insurance coverage starting Jan. 1 under the federal healthcare law. The state's move late Saturday comes as many enrollees continue to report problems getting an invoice from their insurance company or paying their first month's premium so coverage is retroactive to Jan. 1. Consumers say they have encountered website glitches trying...
BUSINESS
December 27, 2013 | By Chad Terhune
After a slow start, Molina Healthcare Inc. is looking for bigger enrollment in California's health insurance exchange in the next three months. The publicly traded company based in Long Beach had only 521 enrollees in the Covered California exchange, or less than 1% market share, through Nov. 30. Molina has traditionally served patients enrolled in Medicaid and other government programs, so its presence on nine state exchanges across the country...
BUSINESS
December 27, 2013 | By Chad Terhune
After a slow start, Molina Healthcare Inc. is looking for bigger enrollment in California's health insurance exchange in the next three months. The publicly traded company based in Long Beach had only 521 enrollees in the Covered California exchange, or less than 1% market share, through Nov. 30. Molina has traditionally served patients enrolled in Medicaid and other government programs, so its presence on nine state exchanges across the country...
BUSINESS
December 10, 2013 | By Chad Terhune
Healthcare giant Kaiser Permanente has notified about 49,000 patients of a privacy breach at its Anaheim Medical Center. Kaiser said a computer flash drive was reported missing Sept. 25 inside the hospital's nuclear medicine department. The storage drive included patient names, date of birth, their medical record number and the type and amount of a specific medication. The files didn't contain Social Security numbers or financial information, the company said. "Kaiser Permanente takes the protection of our members' personal and health information seriously, and we apologize for this occurrence," said Kaiser spokeswoman Peggy Hinz.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 2013 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO - California authorities are investigating whether laws were broken when a government regulator went to work for healthcare giant Kaiser Permanente, a company she spent years investigating for the state. Marcy Gallagher was a supervising attorney at the California Department of Managed Health Care, where she participated in several investigations of Kaiser. Last year, she left state employment and joined the company, where she works in a unit that responds to California regulators.
OPINION
January 3, 2002
Jamie Court's Dec. 28 commentary, "Repair, Don't Merely Bandage, Health Care," makes some important points. However, to believe that high-quality, accessible health care, with all the latest technology, can be provided without an ongoing increase in costs is unrealistic. This is a fact that has been largely ignored by consumer rights groups. Fortunately there is a health care delivery model, pioneered here in California, that has successfully addressed these problems for the past 50 years.
NEWS
June 12, 1988 | JAMES M. GOMEZ, Times Staff Writer
Kaiser Permanente, the Pasadena-based health care giant, defused a bitter labor dispute with 17,000 unionized hospital workers in a manner that labor specialists consider unorthodox: The company issued what some view as an apology. "It was rather unique," said Audrey W. Friedman, a New York labor analyst, referring to a Kaiser memorandum that announced the immediate suspension of an unpopular demerit system. The memo was distributed last week to Kaiser employees in Southern California.
BUSINESS
October 21, 2013 | By Shan Li
Some of the top employers looking to hire in Los Angeles include fast-food chain McDonald's and healthcare provider Kaiser Permanente. That's according to a new report from job site SimplyHired.com, which took a look at the companies posting the most job openings in cities around the country. In Los Angeles, McDonald's currently has about 1,600 jobs open in the city, while Kaiser Permanente has about 1,500 positions available. 24 Hour Fitness (1,200), USC (900) and Citigroup (775)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
Amid concern among some experts that the healthcare giant had been slow to act, Kaiser Permanente has announced it will join a Los Angeles County patient transfer network that quickly gets victims of severe heart attacks to specially equipped hospitals to reduce chances of serious complications or death. The transfer system allows emergency departments to use the 911 medical response network to rapidly shift the patients to nearby facilities prepared to perform immediate angioplasty procedures that open blocked blood passages.
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