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March 24, 1999 | DAVAN MAHARAJ and SHARON BERNSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Blue Cross members who receive care at clinics owned by MedPartners Inc. can continue to see their regular doctors, despite a letter from the insurer last week saying that all patients would be switched to new physicians. The decision to allow members to see their MedPartners' doctors came at the behest of state regulators, who issued a cease-and-desist order Friday after the health insurer unilaterally assigned its 118,000 MedPartners enrollees to new physicians.
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BUSINESS
December 27, 1996
Dr. Albert E. Barnett, who was fired as chief executive of Friendly Hills Medical Group last month, has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the health-care company's new owner. The complaint, filed in Orange County Superior Court, followed a lawsuit brought by Long Beach-based MedPartners Inc. last month accusing Barnett and two other former Friendly Hills executives of breach of contract and business fraud.
BUSINESS
October 9, 1999 | Sharon Bernstein
KPC Medical Management, which purchased many of the clinics and physician groups sold by MedPartners Inc., said it will lay off an undisclosed number of employees and consolidate several offices. The private Long Beach company plans to merge 29 satellite clinics in Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties into its larger patient care centers. "Simple math demands that we reorganize or perish," President Donald Smallwood wrote to the company's 5,200 employees Wednesday.
BUSINESS
April 16, 1997 | Associated Press
Value Health said it rejected a $1.2-billion stock-swap acquisition offer from MedPartners after Columbia/HCA revised its bid for the managed-care company to $1.1 billion in cash. Although the new Columbia deal is worth less than the offer from MedPartners, Value Health said it prefers the all-cash deal because it's less risky. Columbia initially agreed to buy Avon, Conn.-based Value Health with what had been $1.3 billion worth of its stock.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 1998 | MARCIDA DODSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sixteen nurses formerly employed by the now-closed Friendly Hills Medical Center in La Habra filed a lawsuit Friday, alleging that they were wrongfully terminated and that patient safety was jeopardized by managed-care cutbacks. The nurses had worked in the obstetrics ward of the hospital. The 26-year-old facility was closed two weeks ago by MedPartners Inc. of Birmingham, Ala., which acquired Friendly Hills' parent company in 1996.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 1998 | MIMI KO CRUZ and BARBARA MARSH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Friendly Hills Regional Medical Center, the only hospital in the city, will close May 15, its owners said Wednesday. MedPartners Inc., the troubled Birmingham, Ala., company that owns Friendly Hills, said in a news release it was closing the hospital because it was losing money. However, according to figures it reported to the state, Friendly Hills had a pretax profit of $36.2 million during the year ended Sept. 30, 1997.
NEWS
June 10, 1999 | SHARON BERNSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the first major test of the Davis administration's ability to handle a possible upheaval in the state's health care system, California officials announced a settlement Wednesday with the troubled MedPartners Provider Network. The state will return control of the bankrupt managed care plan to its parent company.
BUSINESS
February 11, 1997
PacifiCare Health Systems Inc. said it sold its ownership interest in an Oregon doctors' clinic to MedPartners Inc. Terms weren't disclosed. The McLean Clinic of Oregon, with 52 employees, emphasizes internal medicine. The clinic serves PacifiCare's 4,600 members in Oregon City, as well as members from other plans, the firms said. PacifiCare said its decision to sell the clinic is part of its efforts to streamline operations.
NEWS
March 13, 1999 | SHARON BERNSTEIN and JEFF LEEDS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
After their unprecedented takeover of troubled MedPartners Provider Network Inc., state regulators acknowledged Friday that they do not have a plan for what to do next. They now must cope with how to guarantee continued care for 1.3 million patients and determine who will bear the costs of the firm's liabilities.
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