Calif. Fines Kaiser Permanente $3M

Law360, New York (July 26, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Kaiser Permanente was slapped with a $3 million dollar fine on Thursday for what a state regulator called a failure to provide appropriate oversight of programs designed to address patient complaints and review doctor performance.

The California Department of Managed Health Care said it has been looking into Kaiser's quality control systems at nine medical centers for nearly a year, and found that the country's largest HMO did not have adequate standards or procedures for addressing these issues. Kaiser also could not verify whether serious problems...
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