CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 15, 2001 |
The HMOs and physician groups that serve California's 18 million managed care members have stepped up legal challenges against the fledgling state Department of Managed Health Care in an attempt to limit its authority. The tactics range from lawsuits and appeals of department orders to simple refusals to comply. Already, such actions have limited the department's reach in cases involving Medicare patients, prescription drugs and fiscal solvency for the state's teetering medical groups.
September 17, 2001 |
A consumer advocacy group filed a lawsuit last week charging that state regulators have failed to adequately investigate many patients' complaints against HMOs and have kept consumers in the dark about their cases.
September 9, 2001 |
As many large HMOs enjoy a year of renewed prosperity, Santa Ana-based PacifiCare Health Systems Inc. can't seem to turn the corner in the eyes of investors and analysts. Profit is down. A junk-bond sale flopped. Doctors groups are fuming. Lawsuits are piling up. And the company's method of paying hospitals has been turned on its head.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 2001 |
Underscoring the degree to which Californians lack health insurance, a study has found that three-fourths of the state's legislative districts have uninsured rates exceeding the national average. An analysis released Tuesday by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research shows that 60 of 80 Assembly districts and 29 of 40 Senate districts have uninsured rates above the national average of 17%.
April 11, 2001 |
California has become the second state in which a woman can buy the morning-after contraceptive pill, a prescription drug, at a neighborhood pharmacy without first being seen by a doctor. A handful of drugstores began offering the pills late last month to potentially thousands of women in a low-key experiment made possible by a 2-year-old law. The program in Los Angeles and seven other counties is part of a nationwide push to make the morning-after pill available without a prescription.
November 8, 2000 |
Just two months after Southern California's largest medical group received a $30-million bailout from health plans, KPC Medical Management is again experiencing a financial shortfall, prompting state regulators to launch an investigation of the Anaheim company's clinics and finances.