Union sues to block Kaiser from Covered California exchange

Received this press release yesterday, which we are reprinting in full below. NUHW is quickly becoming our favorite union. It is the same organization that crafted the complaint which recently resulted in a $4 million fine against KP for violating California mental health care laws. The link in the first paragraph takes you to a [...]

$4.9 million awarded in brain injury case

Highly recommended reading for everyone with an interest in how Kaiser’s rigged arbitration system works to keep its many misdeeds out of the public eye. It is rare for KP to lose in arbitration, but when they do, as in this case, “Kaiser offered to fund an annuity with the arbitration award, but only if [...]

Arce vs. Kaiser class action lawsuit settled, and site news

The adorable Andrew Arce, who is quite a bit older now

Great news! The Arce vs. Kaiser autism class action lawsuit has been settled, resulting in the creation of a $9 million fund to reimburse members who incurred out-of-pocket expenses due to having their treatment denied. Anything left over will go to autism research.

KP’s [...]

Catch Up Post — Getting Rich on your Back Edition

Below are ten more Kaiser Permanente scandals from the time period when we were not regularly updating this website. Most of this information comes to us in Google News and Blog Alerts, but recently the Big G has taken it upon itself to carry water for Kaiser, and has blocked most critical websites from the [...]

KP Half Marathon ends in death for runner because no doctor was present

Lawsuit alleges that a runner collapsed & died at the finish line of the Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon & 5K Run, because the medical tent was staffed by chiropractors and chiropractic students rather than medical doctors & EMTs, and no defibrillator or ambulance was present.

That’s KP for ya – always trying to [...]

Catch Up Post — Part 6

We’ll call this one the “George Halvorson, first reform your own organization” Edition.

An Elite Notary explains why it is so difficult to obtain legal representation in California in medical malpractice cases. Hint: it’s all about MICRA and mandatory binding arbitration, and claims against Kaiser have decreased 20% as a result. Just the legal filings, [...]

Catch Up Post — Part 4

Kaiser News and Scandals Part 4, Privacy and ‘Thrive’-acy Edition.

Another case of inappropriately accessed electronic medical records. This happens a lot. Anyone at KP with a Health Connect login can access your records at any time. Yes, there are access logs, and if it is discovered the person will be disciplined — but that [...]

Catch Up Post — Part 3

So many scandals, so little time. Enjoy Part 3 of our belated Kaiser Permanente News Roundup.

Kaiser involved in Pay-to-Play scheme intended to provide lobbyists with off-the-record access to Obama administration officials, members of Congress, and the Washington Post’s reporters and editors. So what else is new? The Colorado Division of Insurance fined Kaiser $367,000 [...]

Catch Up Post — Part 2

Part 2 of the Kaiser Permanente stories we missed during our hiatus from posting:

After an initial refusal by Kaiser, California Department of Managed Health Care officials finally obtained the documents needed to complete investigation of a complaint that call center scripts sometimes lead to misdiagnoses and delayed care. Two Bay Area residents filed a [...]

Another case of missing records and unnecessary death at Kaiser Permanente

Received from a loving husband who lost his wife at the hands of Kaiser, only to be put through the full “Kaiser Treatment,” consisting of stonewalling, mutilated medical records and attempts to discredit him. Unfortunately he isn’t the first.

By Richard May

The Mays in happier times

This is going to be a very [...]