Calif. Fines Kaiser $4M Over Mental Health Law Violations

Law360, Washington (June 26, 2013, 6:58 PM EDT) -- California's Department of Managed Health Care fined Kaiser Foundation Health Plan $4 million Wednesday over issues and deficiencies in its mental health services.

According to the department, the Kaiser Permanente unit hasn't created sufficient quality controls under California health regulations for its 6.8 million California members and the current procedures may allow health care shortcomings to fall through the cracks.

In particular, DMHC said Kaiser's quality assurance system doesn't track, measure and monitor mental health care accessibility and availability for beneficiaries. The department also claimed the...
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