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Selected California News Stories About Kaiser Permanente  
INDEX

Oct 15, 2015 - A doctor wants California's tax board to collect eight years' worth of insurance taxes from Kaiser, alleging Kaiser has hoarded money by claiming it is not an insurer and is a nonprofit, in Los Angeles superior court.

October 2015 - Kaiser San Rafael Pediatrician cited for Child Endangerment

October 30, 2013 - Kaiser
Nurse Diagnosed with Breast Cancer Was Harassed, Refused Treatment and Finally Fired -- by her Hospital


Whistleblowers
Chris Rauber Coverage with the SF Business Times
     


- California orders Kaiser to stop denying physical, occupational and speech therapy to certain patients
mirrored for historical purposes here


Orange County Stories

Kaiser Fresno Stories



Kaiser Autism Stories

Kaiser canceled patient after payment - 02/12/2009

Kaiser Call Center Stories


Patient Dumping Stories (20)

Kaiser Transplant Issues (27)


Kaiser Children Stories  (20)

Medical Board and DMHC and other State Regulatory Agency Stories

Hospital/Medication Excuse of Error

Corporate Cost Saving which resulted in patient death or injury stories

Hospitalization Cutting Stories

Medical Record Stories

Patient Disease related to unclean practices at hospitals or unsterilized equipment

Sarah Nome Stories - Elderly patient evicted from hospital stories

Kaiser employee molester stories


Arbitration Stories (6)

Kaiser Lost Bodies Stories

Kaiser and DHS/HHS/CMS Stories (10)

Kaiser Profits and Price Gouging Stories

Kaiser employee perjury stories

Patients and employees that got a tad bit upset with Kaiser Stories (4)

Kaiser Income Tax Stories

Tales of Corruption

KaiserPharmacist/Pharmaceutical Stories

Physician Financial Incentive Stories

Patient Opinion Polls Stories

Sham Peer Review Stories

Kaiser Ad Campaign Stories

Kaiser trying to convince the country that they must provide national health care stories

Kaiser Casualty of The Day from CNA

Patient Confidentiality and IT stories at the National Page

Kaiser Computers

Striking Employees

Equipment malfunctions that harmed patients

All Others

Please notice the years of repeat patterns of inappropriate behavior.



October 29, 2013 -  LOS ANGELES (CN) - When a nurse needed time off and other accommodations for breast cancer treatments to save her life, Kaiser demoted and transferred her, assigned her to work in the flu department although her doctors warned that an infection could kill her, forced her to work through her lunch hour to "make up" time she spent at chemotherapy appointments, and ultimately fired her, she claims in a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court.  See:  http://www.courthousenews.com/2013/10/29/62427.htm

October 5, 2012

Mercury News
Kaiser Papers Opinion of above article - McKeown explains that Kaiser Oakland will have yet another Oakland hospital  that will be used for the children in Hayward and other areas in Northern California. That is quite a distance for children to be from home needlessly.  There is no mention of accomodations being made for parents to stay with the children nor anything else that would make them more comfortable.  Centralizing inpatient children is not necessarily a good thing to do as a matter of routine.  It is one thing for those with specialized needs but quite another for more routine hospitalizations.  It is simply too far from home, especially with heavy traffic in the areas, and the idea of centralization of pediatric patients sounds too institutional for American tastes when done without true need. According to this article it really appears to be nothing more than another way for Kaiser to save money by having the medical staff and equipment located in one place.  More revenue for Kaiser, more expenses for the parents and certainly more traumatic for the children.  But then, doesn't Kaiser count people only as numbers and not as humans?  The down side to it probably doesn't matter at all to Kaiser.  


February 28, 2012
From the Mercury News

State regulators on Monday ordered Kaiser Foundation Health Plan to stop denying physical, occupational and speech therapy to certain patients.
Mirrored here for historical purposes: http://fines.kaiserpapers.org/kaiser-deny-speech-therapy.html

Kaiser has declined such therapy to members who lack a "physical condition," according to documents filed by the state Department of Managed Health Care.


September 18, 2011
From The Los Angeles Times

Mirrored here for historical purposes: http://californianews.kaiserpapers.org/senator-ed-hernandez.html
A Southern California lawmaker who helped defeat legislation opposed by Kaiser is benefiting from a business relationship with the nonprofit health group.

October 19, 2010
Kaiser Permanente in Fresno has terminated the hospital privileges and credentials of Dr. Hamid Safari after a nearly three-year fight by the beleaguered perinatologist to keep his job following allegations of negligence.


Read more:
http://www.fresnobee.com/2010/10/18/2123224/fresno-kaiser-hospital-parts-ways.html#ixzz12pZJT0vH


California looks into HMO medical claim denials
Victoria Colliver, Chronicle Staff Writer
Friday, September 4, 2009

The state attorney general has launched an investigation into how health maintenance organizations review and pay medical claims, the office announced Thursday.


Probe faults Kaiser for leaving brain-injured man on Sacramento streets
cpeytondahlberg@sacbee.com
Published Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009
The Kaiser hospital in south Sacramento failed to follow state law when it discharged a brain-injured young man to the streets outside a closed homeless services program, a state investigation has concluded.




April 1, 2009 - Kaiser overtook Boeing as the county's top private employer at least seven years ago. As if to underscore the shift, Kaiser plans to open a medical center this year on a Downey plot once used to assemble space shuttles and Apollo rockets.

- April 5, 2009 - This article about Kaiser is a slap in the face for its patients who have died or are suffering from chronic conditions such as cancer and kidney problems. Kaiser's financial success is largely due to finding loopholes to prevent these expensive patients from receiving the care they require.

Hillarie Levy
Simi Valley

Distraught Wilmington dad Ervin Lupoe likely shot wife Ana and kids day before killing self 01/28/2009
BY NANCY DILLON
DAILY NEWS WEST COAST BUREAU CHIEF

Suspected Wilmington gunman, wife had lost jobs at Kaiser Permanente 01/27/2009
http://californianews.kaiserpapers.org/wilmingtongunman.html
Family of CA man awarded $319K in insulin overdose
http://legalstuff.kaiserpapers.org/california-kaiser-lawsuits

Kaiser Permanente Fresno STATEMENT OF DEFICIENCIES AND PLAN OF CORRECTION

KAISER INCOME TAX STORIES



Nonprofits' tax breaks questioned - State probes Kaiser, Sutter
The state is investigating 15 nonprofit healthcare organizations for excess profits, as legislators question whether they deserve to keep the tax-exempt status that saves them millions of dollars a year.
The list includes Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, which potentially means closer scrutiny of the healthcare giant's 30 California hospitals, even though a legislative hearing on the matter in Oakland last week put the heat on Sacramento-based Sutter Health instead.
http://msnbc.msn.com/id/10527697/
mirrored at:

http://californianews.kaiserpapers.org/stateprobe.html 



HOSPITAL ERROR STORIES

Kaiser Santa Clara

Death of infant from hospital error probed
Victoria Colliver, Chronicle Staff Writer
Saturday, March 10, 2007

State and federal authorities are investigating a medication error at Kaiser Permanente's Santa Clara 

hospital that led to the death of an infant, Kaiser officials confirmed Friday.

http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/03/10/BAGILOJ3D11.DTL
mirrored for historical purposes at: http://www.kaiserpapers.org/news/ca/march10.html
From: http://www.kcra.com/news/9765692/detail.html

Legislation Targets Hospital Errors
Goal Is To Increase Public Awareness Of Medical Mistakes
POSTED: 4:33 pm PDT August 30, 2006
State lawmakers are working on legislation to improve hospital safety in
response to recent patient deaths in Northern California. State Sen. Elaine Alquist, D-San Jose,
said she wants to pull back what she sees as a veil of secrecy over hospital errors.


mirrored for historical purposes at: http://www.kaiserpapers.org/news/ca/aretheyreallyerrors.html

Former Kaiser Doctor Talks To ABC7
Claims Many Medical Mistakes
By Debora Villalon
From: http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=local&id=3626588
Nov. 11 - KGO - A doctor who once worked at Kaiser Permanente in South San Francisco claims
preventable medical mistakes happened too often at that hospital. He says cost-cutting moves put
patients' lives in danger, and when he tried to warn Kaiser, he was fired. mirrored for public information at:  http://www.kaiserpapers.org/news/ca/abc7.html


Department of Health Services Sanction Against Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara
http://www.kaiserpapers.org/pdfs/kaiserDHSReport.pdf
21 pages


Nov 10, 2005 5:37 pm US/Pacific 
Kaiser Inspection Records Show Signs Of Danger 
Tony Russomanno Reporting

from: http://cbs5.com/health/local_story_314204226.html
mirrored at: http://www.kaiserpapers.org/news/ca/dangerouskaiser.html


Thu, Nov. 10, 2005 
Hospitals blamed in more deaths
By David L. Beck
Mercury News
Kaiser Permanente officials have confirmed the deaths of two more patients caused by staff
errors at its South Bay hospitals. The deaths bring to at least four the number of fatal incidents
at Kaiser facilities during the past 13 months.
http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/13129841.htm
mirrored at:
http://www.kaiserpapers.org/news/ca/avoidkaiser.html



Wed, Nov. 09, 2005 Kaiser patient dies after getting wrong medication
Associated Press
SAN JOSE, Calif. - A Kaiser Permanente patient died after receiving the wrong medication at 
one of the company's hospitals, the second patient recently reported to have died under similar 
circumstances at the facility, state health regulators said.
from:http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/breaking_news/13124008.htm
mirrored at:
http://www.kaiserpapers.org/news/ca/kpabovethelaw.html



Nov. 08, 2005 
Kaiser confirms third patient death
By Julie Sevrens Lyons - Mercury News
Kaiser Permanente officials on Tuesday confirmed a third case in which a patient at a South Bay
hospital died after a medication error.
http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/13117889.htm
text mirrored at:
http://www.kaiserpapers.org/news/ca/thethirdone.html


November 4, 2005
‘Psyche’ patient escapes
By Bill Silverfarb
A Kaiser Medical Center patient is in custody following a bizarre incident that left a security guard
hospitalized and a pregnant woman traumatized.  .....“If he is mentally ill I’m more angry at the people
that allowed it to happen,” Singh said.
 “If he was on a suicide watch they weren’t doing a very good job of watching him.”
http://www.smdailyjournal.com/article_preview.php?id=49612
text mirrored at:
http://www.kaiserpapers.org/news/ca/poorsecurity.html


Please notice the years of repeat patterns of inappropriate behavior.
Nov. 04, 2005 
In July, a 12-year-old girl hospitalized at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center-Santa Clara was
mistakenly given a double dose of epinephrine, which speeds up the heart rate, state records show.

Josephine Frances Hart, a San Jose resident who loved to play with marbles, died July 26, the 
same day of the error. Her official cause of death is still being investigated by the county coroner's 
office, but state health investigators determined that a nurse failed to check the medication label.
See: http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/living/health/13079133.htm
text mirrored at:
http://www.kaiserpapers.org/news/ca/josephinehart.html



Wed, Nov. 02, 2005
Medical mistake may have killed man By Julie Sevrens Lyons Mercury News
A 21-year-old San Jose man underwent chemotherapy in August hoping it might cure his lymphoma.
Instead, it may have killed him -- as human error at Kaiser Permanente's Santa Teresa Medical Center
led to the man being injected with the wrong medication, state investigators have found.
Originally Posted at:
http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/living/health/13058936.htm
and mirrored at:
http://www.kaiserpapers.org/news/ca/chemogoof.html


Widow sues Kaiser in delivery room tragedy - A widowed mother of two sued the Kaiser hospital
system alleging her husband fainted while helping her give birth and fatally struck his head when
he fell......The first attempt to inject her failed. During the second, Passalaqua saw the needle
enter his wife's spine, said "here we go again," released his wife, lost consciousness and fell
backwards, hitting his head on an aluminum cap molding at the base of a wall, according to the suit.

Passalaqua suffered a fractured skull and bleeding on the brain that worsened and he died two 

days later, the suit said.
See story at: http://www.kaiserpapers.org/news/ca/bumphead.html



3.3 million dollar award against Kaiser for performing heart surgery on the wrong patient!
A Berkeley man who was left nearly blind following heart bypass surgery he did not need has been
awarded $3.3 million in one of the largest malpractice decisions against Kaiser Permanente in
recent years.
http://www.kaiserpapers.org/news/ca/azari.html



Oceanside man died after appendectomy in 2003 - A 54-year-old Oceanside man bled to
death after a routine appendectomy at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in San Diego because his doctor
made a mistake, according to a Medical Board of California accusation filed against the doctor.
http://www.kaiserpapers.org/news/ca/paopao.html


Mother blames Kaiser for son's death

When Linette McCan's 7-year-old son Gregory came to her complaining of a stomachache last 
Saturday, she never dreamed her child would be dead the next morning.

She says doctors in the emergency room at Kaiser Permanente's Walnut Creek hospital ignored 
Gregory as he suffered from what turned out to be meningococcal sepsis, an infection that led to 
his death Sunday morning.

http://californianews.kaiserpapers.org/gregorymccan.html


Demonstrations against Kaiser Baldwin Park over death of child - The Baby Ryan Huff Story
http://www.kaiserpapers.org/news/ca/ryanhuff.html


People are dying in California's hospitals because of medical errors

http://eastbay.bcentral.com/eastbay/stories/2001/07/23/focus3.html?t=printable






Kaiser Employee Perjury Stories


SAN FRANCISCO
Surgeon indicted on perjury charge
He's accused of offering false alibi at gunman's trial

Demian Bulwa, Chronicle Staff Writer
Friday, October 13, 2006
http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/10/13/BAGVULOS931.DTL

A San Francisco surgeon was indicted Thursday on charges that he committed perjury during a
federal trial in 2002 in an attempt to win an acquittal for a man he had sponsored in a drug
rehabilitation program.


Dr. Bruce Barker, a 50-year-old physician for Kaiser Permanente, was the key witness in the
trial of Marvin Washington, who was accused of illegally possessing a gun outside the Holly Courts
public housing project, where he lived, in San Francisco.... follow above link for complete story.

Dr. Barker was found guilty of perjury and on November 2, 2007 the San Francisco Chronicle Reported:
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/11/02/BASQT4UO3.DTL

Doctor admits to perjury in trial of man he sponsored in drug rehab
Heather Knight, Chronicle Staff Writer
Friday, November 2, 2007

............

Prosecutors said Barker's account was impossible because the doctor had been performing surgery 
at the time - 4 miles away at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center on Geary Boulevard. Hospital 
records showed he'd been working in the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit until 5:35 p.m. that day.

Washington's trial ended when he pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and carrying 
a gun with an altered serial number. A judge sentenced Washington to more than eight years in prison.

The FBI began an investigation into Barker's testimony. A federal grand jury indicted him last year on 
three counts of perjury and one count of making a false statement to law enforcement.

Barker pleaded guilty to one count of perjury on Wednesday, admitting he knowingly and intentionally 
provided false testimony in Washington's trial.

The sentencing of Barker is scheduled for 11 a.m. Feb. 8 He faces a maximum of five years in prison 
and a $250,000 fine. Barker is not in custody pending sentencing.

Kaiser spokeswoman Meg Walker said, "Dr. Barker does practice here at Kaiser Permanente in 
San Francisco, and we are reviewing this latest development."

Read the rest of the story at: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/11/02/BASQT4UO3.DTL



 
MEDICAL BOARD, DMHC and other State Regulatory Agency STORIES

2009 - September 4 -  Sponge left in patient ends in fine for Kaiser - by Shauntel Lowe/Times-Herald, Vallejo

The Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center in Vallejo has been fined $25,000 after staff members last year left a sponge inside a surgical patient. The mishap necessitated a second surgery for the patient and the removal of a portion of her bowel.

Mirrored for historical purposes at: http://californianews.kaiserpapers.org/sponge.html

State regulators widen probe into Kaiser's ills
San Francisco Business Times - November 10, 2006
by Chris Rauber

http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/stories/2006/11/13/story6.html?b=1163394000%5E1374648
State health regulators have widened a probe of Kaiser Permanente's process
for handling complaints beyond its ill-fated kidney transplant unit and into
other operations of the health-care giant.


http://www.latimes.com/news/local/valley/la-fi-kaiser22nov22,1,4539465.story?coll=la-editions-valley
State Faults Kaiser Doctors


Revisiting the case of a woman whose cancer was misdiagnosed, medical regulators decide to
censure five more physicians. By Debora Vrana - Times Staff Writer - November 22, 2005

The Medical Board of California, reversing an earlier position, has decided to publicly censure all
six Kaiser Permanente doctors involved in the death of a Woodland Hills woman whose case has
sparked a debate about state oversight of California's largest HMO.
Mirrored at: http://www.kaiserpapers.org/kaiserstillwontobeythelaw.html


October 31, 2005
Los Angeles Attorney - B. Casey Yim, of the law firm Murchison and Cumming accuses Los Angeles
Times reporter of misquoting.  Was the intent of Mr.Yim's writing to cast a shadow on the veracity of
the entire article?
See:  http://www.kaiserpapers.org/yim.html
in the October 23, 2005 - How Many Doctors Should Be Blamed?
Originally from:
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-newkaiser23oct23,0,1538660,print.story?coll=la-home-business
mirrored at for public information historical purposes:
http://www.kaiserpapers.org/hillarieandrobyn.html
Related story at:
http://www.simivalleyacorn.com/news/2005/1028/Community/031.html
and
http://www.kaiserpapers.org/robynl.html


Three Kaiser Patient Victims Stories aired by station KEYT Santa Barbara
http://www.kaiserpapers.org/video/Kaiser Permanente victims.wmv
If using Firefox please right click and "Open Link In New Window"

From The Simi Valley Acorn
http://www.simivalleyacorn.com/news/2005/1028/Community/031.html
and
http://www.kaiserpapers.org/acorn.html
October 28, 2005 - Simi Valley woman wants daughter’s doctors publicly
named for misdiagnoses
By Michelle Knight knight@theacorn.com 



October 23, 2005 - How Many Doctors Should Be Blamed?
Originally from:
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-newkaiser23oct23,0,1538660,print.story?coll=la-home-business
mirrored at for public information historical purposes:
http://www.kaiserpapers.org/hillarieandrobyn.html
A mother whose daughter died after Kaiser physicians missed her cancer is
fighting to change a law that let the HMO report only one of the practitioners to the state.
By Debora Vrana
Times Staff Writer


Death sparks Simi mother's mission
By Adam Foxman, afoxman@VenturaCountyStar.com
Following her daughter's death from cancer earlier this year, a Simi Valley woman
has launched a campaign seeking more accountability for healthcare providers.
Hillarie Levy, whose daughter Robyn Libitsky http://www.kaiserpapers.org/robyn.html
died in February at age 29, has contacted state legislators in hopes of interesting them 
in her cause. 

Libitsky died after a five-year battle with Ewings sarcoma, a rare form of pediatric bone 
cancer. Levy said a misdiagnosis of her daughter's tumor as psychosomatically induced 
back pain and the later denial of certain treatments increased her daughter's suffering and 
led to her death.

April 07, 2004 - LOS ANGELES - Kaiser Baldwin Park

Judge suspends license of ex-Santa Teresita nurse
 
Wednesday, April 07, 2004 - LOS ANGELES -- A judge Tuesday suspended the license of a former
Santa Teresita Hospital nurse accused by the state attorney general's office of negligence that resulted
in two babies being born with severe brain damage. 

Evidence presented in the hearing showed that nurse Vynola E. Gadsby demonstrated a serious
disregard'' for state, California board of registered nursing and hospital regulations on at least two
occasions, said Administrative Law Judge H. Stuart Waxman.

To adequately protect the public, Waxman said Gadsby's license must be suspended on an interim
basis, while the nursing board proceeds with legal proceedings to try and revoke it. Gadsby is
currently on paid administrative leave from her position at Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park Medical
Center, according to court documents.
http://californianews.kaiserpapers.org/licensegone.html





Oceanside man died after appendectomy in 2003 - A 54-year-old
Oceanside man bled to death after a routine appendectomy at Kaiser Permanente
Hospital in San Diego because his doctor made a mistake, according to a Medical
Board of California accusation filed against the doctor.

Kaiser says it will finally pay fine of $1,000,000.00 levied by Department of Managed Health Care 
in 2000./Nov. 2002     http://fines.kaiserpapers.org/kaiser1milliondollarfine.html



 
CORPORATE COST SAVING WHICH RESULTED IN PATIENT DEATH OR INJURY STORIES

UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
August 31, 2007
 SAN DIEGO – The late San Diego Councilman Charles Lewis was never told by his longtime
Kaiser physician Willie Thigpen that he had a serious liver disease and that drinking alcohol would
hasten his death, an arbitration judge has ruled.

June 26, 2005-  TRAGEDY AND TRAVESTY AT KAISER HOSPITAL - A letter from 
Dr. Nayvin Gordon regarding the substandard care his daughter, a twenty year old  
San Francisco State University student received at Kaiser.  Were it not for the Kaiser 
diluted, overly managed, corporate cost cutting features of standard, accepted by the 
entire world  life saving procedures this young lady may well have not suffered permanent 
brain damage.  Kaiser really botched this case but instead of owning up to it pulled strings 
all over the State of California with every government agency in existence to not be held
accountable.


Kaiser Cited By State for Poor Care Criticism in deaths of 2 emergency patients
Kaiser Permanente's Walnut Creek Hospital has been cited for deficient care of a 7-year-old
San Ramon boy and a psychiatric patient, both of whom died after going to its emergency room
and being transferred to other hospitals.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/1998/09/04/MN52892.DTL&type=printable


Kaiser Settles Suit Alleging Denial of Care - Debora Vrana
Kaiser Permanente has settled for an undisclosed amount a lawsuit filed by Chant Yedalian,
a La Crescenta man who became a lawyer to launch a legal crusade against the HMO to
avenge what he alleged was the wrongful death of his mother. 


Dr. Robert Pearl, chief executive of Kaiser, said at a private meeting that

"we chose not to provide our patients with what they desired," 
The paper's staff reviewed Kaiser documents, including e-mails and notes of private meetings,
and found Kaiser encouraged its doctors in Northern California to make themselves as unavailable
as possible to their patients in an effort to lower patient demand and costs.



Ebony Howard was denied a needed operation at the Kaiser operating room door. World Class
surgeons came forward and helped this young athlete receive outside of Kaiser needed medical care.
Story by Ramona Shelburne
http://www.kaiserpapers.org/news/ca/ebony.html


Man denied medical care, complaint alleges
http://www.kaiserpapers.org/banda.html


Kaiser rejects costly treatment for sick children
An Amador County couple whose three youngsters suffer from a fatal genetic disorder have lost
the first round of their battle to obtain a costly treatment that could save two of the children.

A panel of medical specialists from Kaiser Permanente has ruled against John and Alicia Bennett's 
request for insurance coverage for transplanting healthy umbilical cord cells into their sons Hunter, 4, 
and Tommy, 2.

The boys and their sister, Ciara, 6, suffer from a rare condition known as Sanfilippo syndrome, which 
causes progressive damage to the heart, bones, joints and respiratory and central nervous systems. 
It is usually fatal by age 13.

http://www.kaiserpapers.org/news/ca/reject.html

Kaiser Gift Stirs Hope for 2 Ill Brothers
http://www.kaiserpapers.org/news/ca/brothers.html

Because of a $1-million research donation from Kaiser Permanente, two Amador County boys with 
a rare genetic disease may soon get experimental transplants that offer the only chance to save their 
lives.

Kaiser, the state's largest HMO, had refused for months to pay for umbilical cord-blood transplants 
for Hunter Bennett, 4, and his 2-year-old brother, Tommy. Their 6-year-old sister, Ciara, also has the 
disease, but is not eligible for the transplant because the illness has progressed too far.

The HMO argued that the transplants themselves could be life-threatening and had not been proved 
to work. But, after an onslaught of media coverage, Kaiser agreed to donate $1 million to Duke 
University in North Carolina for research into the children's condition, known as Sanfilippo syndrome. 
Duke can use the money to cover the boys' medical costs there.

Technically, the HMO's decision does not set a precedent or change its position on covering the 
experimental treatment--but it allows the family to pursue its only hope.



HMO benefit reductions put seniors at risk
http://www.kaiserpapers.org/ventura.html


SF Times Article on how Kaiser legally murders patients


License to kill

Hospitals reserve the right to pull your plug
Wesley J. Smith
Sunday, December 2, 2001

Originally posted at:
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-010202kaiser.story
Cases Reveal Lapses in Kaiser Emergency Care
Health: Nine arbitration proceedings offer a rare look into HMO. It denies any pattern of negligence.
By CHARLES ORNSTEIN
Times Health Writer
http://www.kaiserpapers.org/news/ca/arby.html


Fools' rush in after cancer shock
http://www.kaiserpapers.org/foolcan.html


Infant Anesthesia Problems Spark Debate - Feb. 2003

http://www.kaiserpapers.org/news/ca/debate.html

Infant Anesthesia Problems Spark Debate
By Charles Ornstein, Times Staff Writer
February 24, 2003
The soul-searching among anesthesiologists at Kaiser Permanente's Woodland Hills hospital
began in 1999, after 2-month-old Grant Wray nearly died as he was being sedated for hernia
surgery.
Doubts grew the following year when 19-month-old Jose Fajardo III suffered throat spasms during
anesthesia, then died.

General anesthesiologists at Woodland Hills questioned whether they could safely care for
children so young; they implored hospital leaders to send these patients elsewhere or hire
pediatric specialists.

Hospital administrators said the two cases were aberrations and strongly defended using
general anesthesiologists for pediatric surgeries. They did, however, make some changes,
such as enlisting neonatologists, who specialize in caring for newborns, to help sedate the
youngest infants.



Kaiser settles family's lawsuitHis parents blame the hospital for their son's permanent disability
after birth.


By Ramon Coronado -- Bee Staff Writer - (Published October 10, 2002)
A Kaiser hospital in Sacramento has agreed to pay $2.25 million to settle a lawsuit alleging its
staff neglected to tell a Carmichael couple their newborn son had a treatable medical condition
 that later injured him permanently.
http://www.kaiserpapers.org/news/ca/coronado.html


High Court OKs Reduced Malpractice Sum in Girl's Death
State's $250,000 limit applies in suit over hospital `dumping'
Harriet Chiang, Chronicle Legal Affairs Writer
Friday, March 26, 1999
She arrived at 5:30 p.m. and was examined by a staff physician, Dr. Trach Phoung Dang, who
wanted to do blood tests to determine whether she had a bacterial infection. But a doctor at
Kaiser Permanente Hospital told him not to do so, saying that the tests could wait until she was
transferred to Kaiser. The girl was enrolled in Kaiser's health plan.
http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/1999/03/26/MN102692.DTL



(Copyright, The Times Mirror Company; Los Angeles Times 1997all Rights reserved)

Federal investigators have released a critical report detailing patient-care problems at Kaiser
Permanente's hospitals in Oakland and Richmond discovered during a surprise inspection in
March. The inspection followed reports of deaths of three patients transferred from Kaiser's
Richmond hospital last winter. Among the report's findings were inexplicable delays in transferring
patients, short staffing and inadequate quality-control procedures. Kaiser, which faced the possible
loss of federal funding at the two hospitals, has taken corrective actions, said officials of the U.S.
Health Care Financing Administration. A follow-up inspection is scheduled in the next several weeks.

(Copyright, The Times Mirror Company; Los Angeles Times 1997all Rights reserved)

Three HMOs--Kaiser Permanente, Pacificare and Health Systems International--will soon control 
health care for 9 million of the 13 million Californians in HMOs. Kaiser is singular among these 
titans in receiving an annual tax break of more than $200 million because of its nonprofit status. 
Such status requires the provision of charity care, but does not preclude Kaiser from diverting 
profits to the doctors who own Kaiser's for-profit medical group and receive dividends for 
Kaiser's penny-pinching.

While Kaiser was once the gold standard for affordable, high-quality HMO care, it has recently 
led the race to the bottom in health quality, clinging to its tax break even as it acts like a for-profit 
company. Kaiser has been the leader in reducing patient stays and has steadily cut back on 
preventive services by limiting mammograms, pap smears and prostate cancer screenings.

An infamous Kaiser memo announcing an eight-hour discharge policy for newborns and their mothers 
(since outlawed) was called "Positive Thoughts Regarding the Eight Hour Discharge." It encouraged 
staff to offer such justifications as "hospital food is not tasty" and "unlimited visitors Authorities investigate 
allegations that a Kaiser surgeon in San Luis Obispo hastened a possible donor's demise.at home."

The state Department of Corporations, which oversees HMOs, has done an audit of Kaiser, released 
in August, and found that medical decisions at Kaiser do not appear to be "independent of fiscal and 
administrative considerations." In other words, money is dictating medicine. This is against the law.

Specifically, auditors found that "clinical financial review nurses have the authority to overrule physician 
decisions." Bureaucrats can, in effect, practice medicine without a license. The auditors also found that 
25% of non-network emergency room treatment for Kaiser members was denied unreasonably.

Kaiser has been ordered to answer for these abuses by February, but it will no doubt resist. Kaiser's 
own 1995-97 Southern California strategic plan, which includes such reckless care-cutting as replacing 
skilled nurses with unskilled attendants, is based on a financial goal that amounts to being able to quote 
the lowest price to all corporate and individual purchasers. Prevention, which used to be the signature 
of HMOs, is barely mentioned in the document, which reads more like a corporate prospectus than a 
plan for health policy. This "nonprofit" company has made more than $2 billion in net operating income, 
i.e. profit, over the last three years. Today Kaiser spends $60 million annually on advertising and 
marketing, more than a 700% increase over four years ago.

While the state has tried to resolve cases with Kaiser and other HMOs "quietly," only a forceful and 
public response will prevent the kind of reckless indifference that threatens patients like Charla Cooper. 
Cooper will lose her ability to have children if Kaiser does not provide $70,000 in specialist care, 
available only outside the Kaiser network, that she requires for a pre-cancerous cervical condition 
and ovarian complications. HMOs like Kaiser do not like to provide such out-of-network care, even 
when no qualified specialist exists at the HMO, because of cost.

Cooper has stated: "Kaiser missed a diagnosis, did not return my phone calls, scheduled procedures 
three months after they were needed and returned test results up to two months after the tests were 
performed." Fertility specialists whose advice Cooper sought on her own have urged that she receive 
special surgery and fertility treatment unavailable at Kaiser, but Kaiser bureaucrats have steadfastly 
refused to authorize such treatment. Cooper's chances of becoming a mother fade every day. Her 
complaint, marked "urgent" by department investigators in July, is still sitting on the desk of Department 
of Corporations Commissioner Keith Bishop.

Bishop has charted a harmfully cautious course with HMOs since his appointment by Gov. Wilson. 
And indeed, the Department of Corporations has issued only one fine in its 20 years of HMO oversight 
for improper denial of health care. But HMOs like Kaiser understand money most, and that is what they 
must be forced to pay when they violate state law and abandon patients like Cooper. The penalty 
should be enough to give a billion-dollar behemoth an incentive to live up to its obligations under the 
law and its debt to taxpayers who underwrite that $200-million annual bonus.


Credit: Jamie Court is the director of Consumers for Quality Care, a Los Angeles-based watchdog group


(Copyright, The Times Mirror Company; Los Angeles Times 1996 all Rights reserved)
November 21, 1996

My thanks to Ellen Goodman for "The Latest HMO Outrage: Drive-Thru Mastectomy" (Commentary, 
Nov. 18). Last week I became an uninformed victim of this inhumane practice at Kaiser-Permanente, 
Los Angeles.

I want to acquaint women with my firsthand experience of this degradation and urge my fellow HMO
patients to contact their Washington legislators.

My mastectomy and lymph node removal took place at 7:30 a.m., Nov. 13. I was released at 2:30 p.m. 
that same day. I received notice, the day before surgery, from my doctor that mastectomy was an 
outpatient procedure at Kaiser and I'd be released the same day. Shocked by this news, I told my 
surgeon of my previous complications with anesthesia and the fact that I have a cervical spine 
condition, which adds an additional consideration for any surgery. The pleasant doctor assured 
me that I'd be admitted, for the night, if I experienced excessive pain or nausea. This was noted 
in my chart.

In the recovery room and the holding area, I felt like a wounded soldier in a hospital tent during the 
Civil War. I was surrounded by moaning patients and placed directly next to a screaming infant. 
When I finally found a voice, I shouted, "Get me out of here!" A nurse flitted by, shot me a disapproving 
glance, and commented, "Some folks just don't know when to be grateful." This was the ultimate humiliation.

While in a groggy, postoperative daze, swimming in pain and nausea, I was given some perfunctory 
instructions on how to empty the two bloody drains attached to my body. I was told to dress myself 
and go home. My doctor's written chart instructions for a room assignment, if I developed acute nausea 
or pain, were ignored by the nursing staff. Obviously, the reassurance had been given to placate me at 
the time of my discussion with the doctor but everyone knew an overnight stay was against Kaiser 
hospital rules. Everyone knew, except me. I had no time to mourn the loss of my breast or regain a 
sense of composure.

This experience was especially shocking because four years previously, I had undergone a hysterectomy 
and received excellent treatment and a four-night stay at the very same Kaiser facility.

We women can allow ourselves to be discounted or we can demand more from the HMOs. No civilized 
country in the world has mastectomy as an outpatient procedure.

VICTORIA BERCK

Los Angeles

* In Goodman's excellent column, every word of which I endorse wholeheartedly, she quotes 
Cindy Pearson of the National Women's Health Network as implying that women receive second-
class medical treatment just because of their sex, by asking, "What part of a man's body would 
they amputate in same-day surgery?" I can answer that one from experience: the testicle(s).

When I had my testicle removed for testicular cancer it was admittedly not as serious a surgery 
as radical mastectomy, but it did involve general anesthesia, surgery and the loss of a body part 
to which I was deeply attached. And it was only covered as outpatient surgery by my HMO, male 
though I be (still).

MICHEL MASSON

Santa Barbara



DAY OF MOURNING, PROTESTS
- Julian Guthrie, OF THE EXAMINER STAFF
Saturday, December 2, 1995 
http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/e/a/1995/12/02/NEWS1071.dtl
ACT UP Golden Gate held simultaneous noontime rallies in San Francisco and Oakland calling
on Kaiser Permanente to improve care for HIV patients.



 

MEDICAL RECORDS



This article is from the San Francisco Chronicle from 2003 and written by David Lazarus. 
The title is Medical Charts Not All That Private. http://tinyurl.com/dvffc I think that today with the
rush to outsource everything the warnings in this article are even more important to heed.


So much for the great Kaiser computer system.  They can't even track who writes
what prescriptions.!
KTVU - Fox Network
A Danville couple whose two children were killed by a hit-and-run driver wants new controls on
how doctors prescribe drugs. Bob and Carmen say Kaiser permanente shares the death of their
two children. A woman charged with being drunk when she hit and killed the children back in 2003.
The Packs believe Baretta was under the influence of painkillers at the time prescribed by several
different Kaiser doctors.
The month of the accident, a Kaiser doctor prescribed 50 vicadin pills without
knowing that six days earlier another doctor gave her 50 prescriptions for 50 pills.

updates to this story:

http://www.ktvu.com/news/4516615/detail.html

April 27, 2005 - Hit-And-Run Nanny Sentenced To 30 Years To Life
http://www.ktvu.com/news/4422543/detail.html


Regulators Fine Kaiser Unit $200,000 -  June 21, 2005
The state imposes the penalty for breaching patient confidentiality in exposing health records 
on the Web. by Debra Vrana - Times Staff Writer



Nonprofit health council sues Kaiser over medical disclosures
The California Consumer Health Care Council has sued the Kaiser Foundation over what it says is
inappropriate disclosure of private medical records. 

The council contends that when Kaiser learns of a suit or potential suit by a patient, its legal 
department opens and studies that patient's private medical records without notifying the patient. 
This alleged review by Kaiser's legal department is inappropriate, said the council, because Kaiser's 
legal employees have no role in the patient's health care. 

"If a patient has a claim against Kaiser for negligently cutting off a little finger, why should a clerk in 
Kaiser's legal department be able to review the patient's entire medical file, which might include 
information on unrelated sexual, psychiatric or personal problems ...?" asked Martin Blake, one of 
the lawyers who filed the suit in Alameda County Superior Court for the council on Monday. 

John Metz, the chairman of the council, said that Kaiser has put its own legal interests above the 
protection of its patients' privacy. "It is just wrong," he said in a statement



Internal Kaiser letter regarding inaccurate patient charts
http://www.welchco.com/03/00050/60/99/11/3001.HTM



Software glitch reveals stranger's health history
Kaiser applicant sees woman's information
Victoria Colliver, Chronicle Staff Writer
Friday, March 12, 2004
When Joe Carroll applied for health care coverage online with Kaiser Permanente,
he was surprised when a completed application for an Oregon woman suddenly popped
up on his screen.
http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2004/03/12/BUGND5J3PR1.DTL http://www.ktvu.com/news/4422543/detail.htm


Kaiser Patients Are Billed in the Street
- Peter Sinton, Chronicle Senior Writer
Saturday, September 19, 1998

If Kaiser Permanente is your health care provider and you live in Petaluma or other 
North Bay spots, your bill may be a little late this month.

A box of 1,200 September account statements sent by Kaiser's Southern California 
data processing center to its direct mail company somehow ended up all over the 
streets of San Francisco yesterday.
http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/1998/09/19/BU70537.DTL



 

PATIENT DISEASE RELATED TO UNCLEAN PRACTICES AT HOSPITALS OR 
UNSTERILIZED EQUIPMENT

Some Kaiser patients positive for hep - April 9, 2005
Equipment wasn't sterile but may not have been source of hepatitis
There have been "a small number" of positive hepatitis test results from Kaiser patients who 
were alerted that unsterilized equipment was used during procedures in South Sacramento 
and Redwood City, a hospital official said Friday.

http://www.kaiserpapers.org/kpgvethemhep.html



More than 3,000 Kaiser patients are at risk for hepatitis Females alerted to un-sanitized
equipment that hospitals used.
By MATTHIAS GAFNI
http://californianews.kaiserpapers.org/sendkpsoap.html


Kaiser sued in instrument scare
A class-action lawsuit was filed Monday in Sacramento Superior Court on behalf of more
than 1,000 Kaiser Permanente patients who may have been exposed to contaminated instruments.
http://legalstuff.kaiserpapers.org/soupy.html


SACRAMENTO - Kaiser Permanente has notified 1,331 patients that procedures performed
on them at a Sacramento-area hospital may have been done with contaminated instruments.
 - April 29, 2004


Kaiser Permanente officials seek third-floor patients for TB skin tests
Kaiser Permanente Medical Center South Sacramento is tracking down 1,300 patients who
may have had contact with a nurse recently diagnosed with tuberculosis. - March 26, 2004


 

SARAH NOME STORIES  - ELDERLY PATIENT EVICTED FROM KAISER HOSPITAL

Kaiser to auction former patient's home to pay bill
By Nancy Isles Nation
MEDIANEWS

The house of a woman who refused to leave her hospital bed at Kaiser Permanente for
more than a year will be auctioned by the Marin County sheriff's office Tuesday.

If the home at 77 Alder Ave. in San Anselmo sells, the proceeds will be used to cover the
bill for a 14-month hospital stay by former resident Sarah Nome, who now lives at the
Lafayette Convalescent Hospital .

The cost to Kaiser was $1.4 million based on the $3,200 per-day price for the hospital bed,
according to a court ruling.

Kaiser has not determined the value of the house because officials have not had access to
the property, but it is believed to be in substantial disrepair.
mirrored for historical purposes at:http://californianews.kaiserpapers.org/outinthestreet.html

ROOM 502 - SAN ANSELMO KAISER HOSPITAL - Woman, 82, 
Refuses to Leave Kaiser Hospital in California After Being Discharged a Year Ago

Racking Up $1 Million in Bills- By BRIAN SKOLOFF Associated Press Writer  -  
This is one very brave lady!

Final update on Room 502 - 82-year-old woman who refused to leave hospital placed 
in Marin County guardian's care and shipped off to a home.

Eviction Day for Sarah Nome news coverage

Kaiser losing patience with patient By Nancy Isles Nation
San Anselmo firebrand Sarah Nome, often at odds with City Hall, now is taking on 
Kaiser Permanente from her hospital bed.



 
 
 

KAISER LOST BODIES STORIES


Kaiser not forthcoming over mix-up at morgue  - 
Kaiser tried to cover up a missing Priest's body replacing a elderly woman's for a cremation!



ALAMEDA COUNTY
Couple Claim Hospital Lost Baby's Remains
-
Wednesday, April 21, 1999

Oakland -- Oakland couple has filed a lawsuit against Kaiser Permanente Hospital 
claiming that the HMO lost the body of their stillborn daughter. 
URL: http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/1999/04/21/MNR3BA6.DTL 



Kaiser Apologizes For Burial Mix-Up
Three Infants Mistakenly Buried Together
POSTED: 7:16 pm PDT May 23, 2006
http://www.kcra.com/money/9264342/detail.html

Mirrored at:  http://www.kaiserpapers.org/news/ca/kaiserlostbodies.html





 
 

ARBITRATION STORIES 

Lacking lawyers, justice is denied
Attorneys often avoid medical malpractice suits because California limits 'pain and suffering' awards to $250,000.
By Daniel Costello, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
December 29, 2007
Dave Stewart's 72-year-old mother went to Stanford University Medical Center for double knee-replacement surgery in April. Four days later, she was dead.

To Stewart, an anesthesiologist, it seemed a classic case of medical malpractice. After the operation, his mother developed sharp abdominal pain that she described as "10 on a scale of 1 to 10," according to her medical records.

Read more at:

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-malpractice29dec29,1,2913626.story?coll=la-headlines-business&ctrack=1&cset=true


Hard Time For Kaiser Patients To Get Day In Court
http://cbs5.com/local/local_story_244205451.htmlSeptember 1, 2006 - CBS5 San Francisco
Reporter Anna Werner(CBS 5) Getting out of bed is hard for John Pellini. He can barely walk.

"The whole body, my shoulder my hands, everything aches," Pellini said.

He even needs help breathing. For John's family it's a 24/7 job.

"I feel guilty because I have always been the type of person to do things by myself," Pellini said.

John's family said he could walk fine just over a year ago, when he checked into the emergency
room at Kaiser in Hayward, complaining of a pain in his leg. A few days later, it became even worse.

mirrored for historical purposes at: http://www.kaiserpapers.org/pellini.html

Arbitration provider breaks with HMOs, saying it will no longer handle such cases unless
both sides agree to the out-of-court process. 
http://www.kaiserpapers.org/2b.html


Kaiser Arbitration May Be Unenforceable, Says Unfair Business Competition Case
Finalized Today

"Kaiser broke California law by forcing patients into secret arbitration proceedings without
fully and properly disclosing that they had given up their rights. Today's filing closes the door
on the HMO's illegal actions. The unfair business competition law was the only tool I had to
hold Kaiser accountable for its deception. With today's resolution of the case, Kaiser should
take back the donation it made to the anti- patient initiative and stop its efforts to restrict
patients' rights," 


Kaiser and Arbitration in California
http://www.rescuehealthcareday.com/arbitration.htm


Kaiser loses ruling in death of newborn

http://www.pe.com/localnews/stories/PE_NEWS_nkaiser28.58021.html
 mirrored and preserved at: http://californianews.kaiserpapers.org/newborn.html

Kaiser loses ruling in death of newborn
ARBITRATION: An attorney says the doctor used standard procedures to treat
the birth defect.

12/28/2002

By DOUGLAS E. BEEMAN
THE PRESS-ENTERPRISE
 

A Murrieta couple has won a $1 million arbitration case against Kaiser Permanente stemming 
from the death of their newborn daughter nearly three years ago. An arbitrator ruled that the 
doctor who performed the surgery to repair a birth defect used poor judgment when complications 
arose after the operation.

Under California's law limiting general damages in medical liability cases, the award was reduced 
to $250,000.

The couple, Rachelle and Leon Phillips, say the award is small compensation for the loss of their child.
More important, Rachelle Phillips said, is that Kaiser has been held responsible for its error that cost
Renea Phillips her life.


 
 

KAISER EMPLOYEE MOLESTER STORIES


Background on Scott Takasugi saved from The Permanente Medical Group before they removed it.
http://www.kaiserpapers.org/takasugi3.html

http://www.kcra.com/news/9379863/detail.html

Accused Doctor Makes First Court Appearance

Attorney Questions Kaiser's Failure To Act
A plastic surgeon charged with sexually exploiting his patients and
stockpiling military weapons in his Carmichael home made his first court appearance on
Thursday.In a civil lawsuit filed Thursday, an attorney for one of Takasugi's alleged victims
reports suspicious conduct by the doctor dating back to 2001.  READ More -
mirrored for historical purposes at: http://www.kaiserpapers.org/takasugi2.html


http://www.sacbee.com/content/news/story/14267935p-15079484c.html
Surgeon is held on weapons, sex charges

By Carrie Peyton Dahlberg and Christina Jewett -- Bee Staff Writers

Published 8:27 pm PDT Wednesday, June 14, 2006

A Carmichael plastic surgeon was being held on sex and weapons charges Wednesday
after police found an armor-penetrating rocket launcher, machine guns and dozens of other
weapons in his sprawling ranch home.

Dr. Scott Takasugi, known by neighbors for his lavish Halloween parties, dapper clothes 
and luxury car collection, was being investigated for sexual exploitation of patients when 
the cache was found.

Complete story at above link and mirrored for historical purposes at:

http://www.kaiserpapers.org/rocketlauncher.html




Jun 14, 2006 12:00 am US/Pacific
http://cbs13.com/topstories/local_story_165145914.html
Kaiser Statement Regarding Arrest Of Dr. Takasugi

(CBS 13) SACRAMENTO Kaiser Permanente released the following statement regarding
the arrest of Dr. Scott Takasugi on charges of sexually expoiting a patient.

"After receiving patient care complaints, we contacted the sheriff's department and have
cooperated fully with their investigation. We encouraged the patients to file police reports
as well. We have begun the process to terminate the physician and to report him to the
medical board.

mirrored for historical purposes at: http://www.kaiserpapers.org/takasugi.html


IMPROPER PROCEDURES FOLLOWED IN PELVIC EXAMS, SIX WOMEN ALLEGE

- Feb. 19, 2003 

http://www.kaiserpapers.org/raul3.html



Raul's Trial Begins - February 16, 2003
http://www.kaiserpapers.org/raul2.html


RAUL GALINDO IXTLAHUAC - KP OB/GYN Doctor molester of numerous female patients
http://www.kaiserpapers.org/raul.html


Further Update - March 14,2003
http://www.kaiserpapers.org/raulmarch.html


DA may add another sex charge
http://www.kaiserpapers.org/rauljuly.html


Kaiser Male Nurse pleads not guilty to four sexual battery charges
January 21, 2005
A male nurse who has cared for patients at hospitals in San Diego and North County
for a decade pleaded not guilty yesterday to four felony counts of sexual battery on medically
incapacitated people.

Julius Ariston Villareal, 32, of Chula Vista is accused of fondling and committing other sex
acts on two men in their hospital beds who were drugged and unable to resist.


San Diego Union-Tribune, The (CA)
August 20, 2005
Estimated printed pages: 1

A nurse who cared for patients at hospitals in San Diego and North County has been convicted 
of six counts of sexual battery for fondling several patients.

A Superior Court jury Wednesday found Julius Ariston Villareal, 32, of Chula Vista guilty of
sexually touching three male patients in September 2003 and June 2004. He could be sentenced
to up to nine years in prison at a court hearing scheduled for Sept. 20. He is free on $50,000 bail.

Prosecutors say the incidents occurred at Sharp Coronado Hospital and Healthcare Center and
Kaiser Foundation Hospital in San Diego. He was fired from both hospitals after the patients
complained.

Villareal was also fired from a nursing job at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas in 1996 after
he was accused of similar acts. He did not face charges in connection with that incident because
the statute of limitations had run out, a prosecutor said.
Edition:  1,2,6,7
Section:  LOCAL
Page:  B-2
Column:  AROUND THE REGION
Index Terms: CRIME; HOSPITALS; SAN DIEGO; SEX; TRIALS; VERDICTS
Copyright 2005 Union-Tribune Publishing Co.

Nurse who fondled his patients gets 240 days
Man also receives 3 years' probation
San Diego Union-Tribune, The (CA)
November 9, 2005
Author: Dana Littlefield; STAFF WRITER
Estimated printed pages: 2

A nurse convicted of fondling patients at two local hospitals was sentenced yesterday to 240 
days in jail and placed on three years' probation.

A jury found Julius Ariston Villareal, 33, of Chula Vista guilty Aug. 17 of six counts of sexual
battery on an unconscious person for inappropriately touching three male patients. He had worked
as a licensed vocational nurse at hospitals in San Diego and North County for a decade.

San Diego Superior Court Judge Peter C. Deddeh also ordered Villareal to work 20 days in public
work service and register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Villareal, who had been free on $50,000 bail, was taken into custody immediately after the hearing.

Deputy Attorney General David Songco said the incidents occurred at Sharp Coronado Hospital
and Healthcare Center and Kaiser Foundation Hospital in San Diego between September 2003
and June 2004. Villareal was fired from both hospitals after the patients complained.

He was also fired from a nursing job at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas in 1996 after he was
accused of similar acts. However, he did not face charges in connection with that incident because
the statute of limitations had run out, Songco said.

According to court documents, a 28-year-old patient who had been admitted to Sharp Coronado for
severe pneumonia reported that Villareal touched his genitals twice during sponge baths and also
sexually propositioned him.

The victim did not immediately report the incident because he was embarrassed, according to
court documents.

Another male patient who was treated for an infected dog bite at Kaiser told authorities that Villareal
sexually touched him on several occasions during his hospital stay last year. A third patient, also from
Kaiser, came forward after seeing news reports of Villareal's arrest.

All of the patients told authorities they were heavily medicated when the incidents occurred.

Villareal repeatedly denied the accusations to his employers and investigators, according to court
documents. He told a probation officer that his immediate goal after the sentencing hearing was to
get a job.

The prosecutor said he plans to immediately initiate proceedings to revoke Villareal's nursing
license.

Dana Littlefield: (619) 542-4590; dana.littlefield@uniontrib.com
Edition:  1,7
Section:  LOCAL
Page:  B-3
Index Terms: ABUSE; CRIME; FIRINGS; HOSPITALS; MEDICINE; SAN DIEGO; SENTENCES;
SEX; TRIALS
Copyright 2005 Union-Tribune Publishing Co.
Record Number:  UTS1911355


Jay Tibbles Sex offender history since 1975- still KP MD
http:/californianews.kaiserpapers.org/kpwierdo.html
Dr. Jay Tibbles, M.D. - Pediatrition that specialized in molestation
cases at Kaiser Permanente Fontana
As of April 8, 2002 Dr. Jay Harold Tibbles, of Fontana, California  convicted of six feloney counts of
unlawful attempt to commit lewd acts with a child and five felony counts of unlawful attempt to send
harmful matter to a child under 14 years of age with intent to seduce the child.  License revoked. 
Effective, April 8.


Former Kaiser Internist Gets Year for Sex Charge Chronicle Staff Report
Wednesday, February 7, 2001
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2001/02/07/MNC110209.DTL
The FBI learned in March 1998 that Jacobson, a former Kaiser internist in Milpitas, had
spoken of having sex with young girls, authorities said. An undercover agent tape-recorded
telephone calls in which Jacobson arranged for the agent, posing as a "madam," to find an
11-year-old girl for his sexual purposes, authorities said.


Kaiser's Dirty Little Secret - Kaiser Bellflower -  Dr. Peter Fischer  by Susan Goldsmith
http://kaiserpapers.org/co/dirtylit.html
Kaiser Permanente Hospital Officials were warned twice that pediatrician Dr. Peter Fischer
was molesting his boy patients.  And they let him keep doing it.

RH doctor faces sex charges -
Sampras' former coach accused of molestation
Daily Breeze (Torrance, CA)
July 18, 1997
Author: The Associated Press
A doctor from Rolling Hills who once coached tennis star Pete Sampras faces 16 charges of
molesting boys he met through his medical practice, authorities confirmed Thursday.

The allegations against Dr. Peter Fischer, a pediatric endocrinologist, involve four boys who
were 13 to 15 years old at the time, said Deputy District Attorney Eloise Phillips.
http://californianews.kaiserpapers.org/peterfischer.html

SAMPRAS' EX-COACH IN TROUBLE
Times Union, The (Albany, NY)
July 23, 1997
Author: Associated Press

DOWNEY, Calif. -- A doctor and former coach of tennis star Pete Sampras was ordered 
Tuesday to stand trial on charges that he molested young male patients.

After a preliminary hearing that included testimony from the alleged victims, a Downey Municipal 
Court judge ruled prosecutors have enough evidence to proceed with the case against
Dr. Peter Fischer.

Fischer, who is free on $460,000 bail, was ordered to appear Thursday in Norwalk Superior 
Court for arraignment.


In a separate case filed in February, Fischer, a pediatric endocrinologist from Rolling Hills, is
charged with three counts of committing a lewd act on a child and three counts of penetration
by a foreign object.




 
 

HOSPITALIZATION CUTTING STORIES



 

Kaiser struggles to cut cost of care
- Lisa M. Krieger, EXAMINER MEDICAL WRITER
Monday, September 25, 1995

CALIFORNIA -- Kaiser Permanente, once the undisputed leader in low-cost health care, is 
struggling to stay competitive by hospitalizing fewer patients and rewarding cost-effective 
doctors, internal documents show. 

"We're competing in a very hot market," said David Pockell, executive vice president and 
regional manager of the Kaiser's Northern California region. 
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/e/a/1995/09/25/BUSINESS9917.dtl



Kaiser Dumps Bonus Plan
Program rewarded doctors for containing medical costs
Carl T. Hall, Chronicle Staff Writer
Wednesday, December 20, 1995
The giant Oakland-based HMO denied the move was intended to placate critics of the
bonus plan, who had said the system essentially rewarded doctors for rationing care.
Instead, officials said the budgetary goals were met for 1995 -- so the incentives were
not necessary for 1996.

In Northern California, Kaiser doctors operate under a different incentive program. It includes 
modest bonuses to physicians if the facility where they work meets certain budget and quality 
goals.  


The giant Oakland-based HMO denied the move was intended to placate critics of the bonus 
plan, who had said the system essentially rewarded doctors for rationing care. Instead, officials 
said the budgetary goals were met for 1995 -- so the incentives were not necessary for 1996.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/1995/12/20/BU72074.DTL



MA BARKLEY: Kaiser Permanente is best known for its health care, but when it comes to
building its new San Francisco medical center, it seems some of its advisers are . . . well,
ready to kill.

At least that's the impression staffers got when they heard Kaiser attorney Alice Barkley's 
voice- mail message to San Francisco's city planning office, warning that if she didn't like the 
agency's forthcoming environmental ruling on Kaiser's Geary Street project, ``you may have a 
staff that is dead by tomorrow.'' 
http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/1996/09/27/MN72628.DTL



Kaiser Denies Charges by L.A. Group
- Carl T. Hall, Peter Sinton, Chronicle Staff Writers
Wednesday, September 27, 1995 

A Los Angeles group called Consumers for Quality Care, interpreting a Kaiser business 
plan, charged that the HMO plans to dramatically reduce the number of patients hospitalized, 
limit prescriptions of high-cost drugs and continue to prescribe more medication, apparently in 
lieu of needed treatment.
http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/1995/09/27/BU11469.DTL



 
 



 

KAISER AND DHS/HHS/CMS STORIES



Kaiser Told to Reinstate Coverage
Originally Posted at: http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-kaiser19oct19,1,3274480.story?coll=la-headlines-business
&track=crosspromo
Regulators' action in a kidney patient's case comes as scrutiny over cancellations grows.
By Lisa Girion
Times Staff Writer

October 19, 2006

State regulators for the first time have ordered a health plan to reinstate the insurance coverage
of a patient whose policy was ruled to have been illegally canceled.

In an order posted Wednesday, the Department of Managed Health Care ruled that Kaiser
Foundation Health Plan illegally canceled coverage for a Northern California woman in urgent
need of medical attention for large kidney stones. The cancellation was illegal, the agency ruled,
because there was no evidence the woman intended to deceive the health maintenance organization
about her medical history.

http://californianews.kaiserpapers.org/oct192006.html



Kaiser answers state complaints By Richard Halstead IJ reporter

Sunday, December 26, 2004 - State inspectors discovered dirty shower rooms and patios fouled
by bird droppings when they visited Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in San Rafael last September. -
Vickie's comment on this article - All patients should take photographs of unsanitary conditions at
Kaiser and present copies to their local Health Departments, Newspapers and any other entity they
can think of to get those places cleaned up.


California DHS Director becomes Kaiser Stooge
Oct. 21, 2004--Diana M. Bonta, R.N., Dr.P.H., former Director of the California Department
of Health Services, has assumed the newly created position of Vice President of Public Affairs
for Kaiser Permanente's Southern California Region.  Is this a reward for something you did Diana? 
http://californianews.kaiserpapers.org/dianabonta.html



Kaiser hospice program may lose Medicare funding


Kaiser Hospice Under Threat of Losing Medicare Funding San Francisco Chronicle


Kaiser Fined for Phlebotomy Practices, Policies; Safety Needles Called Ineffective


Kaiser gets out of paying $1,000,000 fine to DMHC


Kaiser fined Half a Million Dollars by DMHC in California for death of 19 year old


Kaiser Agrees to Pay Fine for Care Lapse

Kaiser Permanente, under investigation in California for requiring psychiatrists to write drug
prescriptions for mental health patients whom they have not seen, on Thursday defended its
practice as "team-based."


Kaiser says they will finally pay the $1,000,000 fine levied in 2000

Several Claims Against Kaiser Dropped By State


LA Times takes a stand - Utterback Case


Attorney general to probe Kaiser for donations to governor

Experiments on Humans Business of clinical trials soars, but risks unknown


June 13, 2001 California Attorney General to probe Kaiser for funds to Davis


Kaiser Given Deadline on Patient Waits
Saturday, January 31, 1998 

Walnut Creek -- Kaiser Permanente has 10 days to correct long emergency room 
waits that may have contributed to the death of an 84-year-old man in December, a 
state health regulator said yesterday.

http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/1998/01/31/MNR6CO11.DTL



Nurses protest federal reapproval of Kaiser
- Eric Brazil, OF THE EXAMINER STAFF
Wednesday, July 23, 1997

Kaiser nurses, regrouping after a two-day strike last week at Kaiser-Permanente 
Northern California hospitals and clinics, have fired off a letter protesting the findings 
of a study that cleared the big health maintenance organization to continue as an 
East Bay Medicare provider. 

http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/e/a/1997/07/23/NEWS2690.dtl



 
 

KAISER PROFITS AND PRICE GOUGING STORIES



 

California's Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, reported a $38.9 million, 
or 228.5 percent,
increase from $17 million



COMMENTARY: Arnold should terminate this predator
http://californianews.kaiserpapers.org/terminate.html


Kaiser Contract Silence is Broken regarding ending of affiliation with Modesto
Memorialfor 88,000 Kaiser subscribers


Senior's death troubles family


Kaiser Admits Tobacco Bonds, Says It's Unloading Them
- Chronicle Staff Report
Thursday, June 26, 1997 
Kaiser Permanente, which has been urging all its HMO members to give up smoking,
had a little explaining to do yesterday.

A consumer group disclosed that Kaiser's corporate investment portfolio included a $5 
million stake in cigarette maker Philip Morris Cos.

Consumers for Quality Care, based in Los Angeles, charged Kaiser with hypocrisy for 
running high-profile anti-smoking campaigns while at the same time quietly loading up 
on tobacco investments.

Kaiser spokeswoman Beverly Hayon confirmed that Kaiser held $5 million in Philip Morris 
bonds as of Dec. 31, 1996. 
http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/1997/06/26/MN54171.DTL



   
 

PATIENTS AND EMPLOYEES THAT GOT A TAD BIT UPSET WITH KAISER STORIES



Eugene Guevara - Why did he shoot a physician on the day he was discharged from Kaiser hospital? 

September 21, 2003

The media was very brave and did the right thing in presenting this story, but now that Mr.Guevara, who 
apparently was denied appropriate medical care while a Kaiser patient, has died, the story is fading away. 

People have been saving copies of this story and would like an update on it.  To Kaiser - this story is not  going to go away.
http://californianews.kaiserpapers.org/eugeneg.html

NOTE regarding the Guevara Case:  Mr. Guevara first lost his wife to Kaiser late diagnosis and difficulty 
with treatment issues, then he developed and illness, finally when it was too late to save him was diagnosed with prostate cancer.  Mr. Guevara had been in the hospital as a patient when the doctor just dismissed him and sent him home while letting him know that was all they were going to do for him.  

Mr. Guevara's conduct of violence was inappropriate and certainly should never be condoned.  Kaiser's 
physician didn't have to be cold and callous to pour salt in the wound.

Mr. Guevara was simply pushed too far and he reacted inappropriately.


September 21, 2003 
  Man Suspected of Shooting M.D. Kills Self 
September 21, 2003 10:54 PM EDT 
 
LOS ANGELES - A man suspected of shooting and wounding a doctor at a hospital in a Los Angeles suburb  killed himself Sunday outside a fast food restaurant, police said. 

Investigators had been looking for Eugene Guevara, 73, in connection with Friday's shooting of a doctor at Kaiser  Permanente Medical Center, police said. Guevara was once a patient there. 

Dr. Reynaldo Hernandez, who works in the hospital's urology department, was in stable condition at the
hospital Sunday after being shot three times, said Kaiser Permanente spokeswoman Reyna del Haro.

http://californianews.kaiserpapers.org/guevara.html

September 23, 2003

Baldwin Park, Calif., Hospital Seeks Normalcy after Doctor Is Shot

Police say two family members, a neighbor and the victim, told them Guevara was unhappy with his 
medical treatment.

Guevara was being treated for diabetes by Hernandez when it was learned he had prostate cancer.

http://californianews.kaiserpapers.org/guevara2.html



Officer involved shooting at Kaiser Permanente - Los Angeles


Man kills self inside Kaiser building
Former co-workers say he was upset over losing job
Jim Herron Zamora, Meredith May, Chronicle Staff Writers
Friday, November 22, 2002
http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2002/11/22/BA190340.DTL


May 1975 - Two Nurses shot in Kaiser West Los Angeles Hospital by Disgruntled Employee
http://californianews.kaiserpapers.org/May-1-1975.html

 




 

TALES OF CORRUPTION


 Sheriff denies charges
County's top cop says coverup claim false by Brian Hamlin/Senior Staff Writer The Reporter.com
Article Launched March 3, 2007


Responding to a recent federal lawsuit charging that the Solano County Sheriff-Coroner's Office intentionally has covered up medical errors causing the death of a patient, Sheriff Gary Stanton on Friday denied the charges as "absolutely false."

Stanton, and Contra Costa County Sheriff-Coroner Warren E. Rupf, on Monday were named in a federal civil rights suit charging that they misused their coroner positions to assist hospitals - specifically Kaiser Permanente medical centers - in covering up treatment errors that resulted in death. - Read More at:

http://www.thereporter.com/news/ci_5350122

mirrored for historical purposes at: http://www.kaiserpapers.org/contracostacoroner.html


MAYBE THE FOLLOWING WILL IT MAKE IT VERY CLEAR WHAT KAISER HAS BEEN UP TO?
Wake Up and Smell the Fraud By Salvatore, D'Anna, Spring Valley
mirrored for historical purposes from: http://www.voiceofsandiego.org/articles/2007/02/20/letters/337fraud.txt
Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2007 | What is it going to take for this city to wake up and smell the fraud? Maybe
this will help:


In 2002 J. Neal Purcell retired as Vice Chairman, National Audit Practice, KPMG, Intl. In 2003 Purcell
joined Kaiser Foundation Health Plan's Board of Directors. He was appointed Chair of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan's Audit and Compliance Committee in 2004. His duties include supervision of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan's independent auditor, KPMG, whose contract with Kaiser Foundation Health Plan was awarded in 2003.

Kaiser Foundation Health Plan retained KPMG to be its independent auditor as a direct consequence of its decision in 2003 to voluntarily comply with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.

On October 28, 2003 Purcell, Halvorson and other individuals implemented the illegal agreement through illegal and unethical acts, including but not limited to bid rigging, in order to enable KFHP to retain KPMG as KFHP's Sarbanes-Oxley Act independent auditor to perpetrate racketeering enterprise predicate acts.


Read the documentation here http://www.hmohardball.com/sox.html

Wake Up and Smell the Fraud

mirrored here for historical purposes from:http://www.voiceofsandiego.org/articles/2007/02/20/
letters/337fraud.txt

By Salvatore, D'Anna, Spring Valley

Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2007 | What is it going to take for this city to wake up and smell the fraud? 

Maybe this will help:
In 2002 J. Neal Purcell retired as Vice Chairman, National Audit Practice, KPMG, Intl. In 2003 Purcell joined Kaiser Foundation Health Plan's Board of Directors. He was appointed Chair of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan's Audit and Compliance Committee in 2004. His duties include supervision of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan's independent auditor, KPMG, whose contract with Kaiser Foundation Health Plan was awarded in 2003.

Kaiser Foundation Health Plan retained KPMG to be its independent auditor as a direct consequence of its decision in 2003 to voluntarily comply with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.

On October 28, 2003 Purcell, Halvorson and other individuals implemented the illegal agreement through illegal and unethical acts, including but not limited to bid rigging, in order to enable KFHP to retain KPMG as KFHP's Sarbanes-Oxley Act independent auditor to perpetrate racketeering enterprise predicate acts.

Read the documentation here.http://www.hmohardball.com/sox.html


 
Often  insurance companies in an effort to save face and pretend that they are perfectly 
run will ignore and or deny their errors in judgement and action.  Rather than apologize 
and say they have made a mistake they will knowingly follow through to the end even 
though it is bringing serious harm to a person and their family.  This is a immature, 
outdated business practice.  Kaiser made a mistake and instead of correcting their 
mistake when it was discovered they chose to instead allow an innocent man to be 
branded and incarcerated for the sole purpose of avoiding the publication of negative 
publicity.  The following story is a prime example of that type of outdated business practice.
January 20, 2006 State Pays Wrongly Convicted Man
* Compensation board awards Kenneth M. Marsh $756,900. He served 21 years for 
a toddler's death that was later deemed accidental. By Maura Dolan, Times Staff Writer

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-innocent20jan20,0,6526039.story?track=tottext,0,5684488.story?track=tothtml
Mirrored at for historical purposes: http://www.kaiserpapers.org/kenmarsh.html
Other relevant link:http://freekenmarsh.com/index.html
Larry King Transcript:http://www.kaiserpapers.org/kingmorse.html



Ellen Stein helped OK Kaiser requests while her husband was
selling sports tickets to the HMO.
Ellen Stein, the vice president of the Los Angeles Board of Public Works and wife of
former Airport Commission President Ted Stein, voted at least four times on matters
involving Kaiser Permanente during the years her family profited from the sale of $250,000
worth of sports tickets to the HMO, records show.


Los Angeles City Hall Insider Quits Post, Kaiser Job - January 14, 2004
An influential appointee of Los Angeles Mayor James K. Hahn quit both his public post and his private
job 
as Kaiser Permanente's director of government relations Tuesday after Kaiser officials said an
investigation 
showed he had misused the HMO's funds for political purposes. 


States unfair competition law under fire 
"Kaiser says the advertising case wasn't what it had in mind when it wrote a
campaign check. What really annoys the HMO is a case claiming that it broke
the law by splitting pills and giving them to patients. Kaiser says patients still
got the prescribed dosages, consumer groups endorsed the practice and plaintiffs
acknowledged that nobody got hurt."
"We have spent over $1 million in enrollee premiums
defending this," said Michael Hawkins, a company attorney. "We do not think
it is appropriate."
Side note to this article - According to the Kaiser Tax form 990 - Kaiser has set
aside every year a very large amount of money to defend their numerous lawsuits. 
So the actual truth is that Kaiser has a special account set aside with patient
premium money already and the above statement as per their own tax records
is not a truthful one.


FRAUD AND ABUSE IN THE HEALTH CARE MARKET OF CALIFORNIA


 
 
 

KAISER PHARMACIST/PHARMACEUTICAL STORIES


From: http://kcbs.com/pages/40527.php
Kaiser Pharmacists Deliver Strike Notice

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KCBS)  -- Some 1,200 Kaiser Permanente pharmacists
have threatened to walk off the job, calling on Kaiser to improve staffing levels at
its 60 northern California pharmacies.

The Guild for Professional Pharmacists set a strike deadline of June 5, delivering a 
10-day strike notice on Friday.

During recent contract negotiations, the Guild has asked Kaiser to fill 250 positions 
currently vacant, about 20 percent of the pharmacist positions in Kaiser’s northern 
California facilities, said vice-president of the union, Howard Hertz.

“This shortage has lead to essentially unlimited overtime at every Kaiser pharmacy,” 
Hertz said. “Working conditions and patient safety are threatened by this continuing 
shortage of pharmacists.” -   MORE
Mirrored At:  
http://www.kaiserpapers.org/news/ca/pharmacist/striking.html

Kaiser Pharmacist jailed for stealing Viagra -Author:    
ROD LEVEQUE, Staff Writer

Date: May 9, 2003
Publication: Sun, The (San Bernardino, CA)
FONTANA - A former Kaiser Permanente Medical Center pharmacist was sentenced 
Friday to 16 months in state prison for stealing as much as $480,000 in Viagra from 
the hospital. 

Hoi-Chi Cheung, who admitted he stole the drug and sold it under the table to support 
his gambling habit, was handcuffed and taken into custody immediately after Judge 
Barry Plotkin handed down the sentence in Fontana Superior Court.
"What he opted to do in the end was gamble with Kaiser's money,'



Statement from Kaiser Permanente Northern California
Regarding Pharmacy Computer Problem

March 17, 2003--On Thursday, March 13,
Kaiser Permanente Northern California's pharmacy computer system experienced
a power outage that may have resulted in labeling errors on some of the
medications dispensed that day. Almost all of the 4,700 patients issued
prescriptions that day have been reached through extensive efforts over the
past few days.


 
 
 

PHYSICIAN FINANCIAL INCENTIVE STORIES


 
Interest-free home loans are among benefits some in the 
San Francisco area are setting up to attract physicians.

Kaiser Permanente is providing interest-free loans of up to $100,000, provided 
a recipient works there for 10 years. 

A portion is forgiven for doctors who stay on for at least five years. For those 
who leave before then, the principal and accumulated interest is due immediately. 


Kaiser to reveal incentives for physicians
Clerks in three of Kaiser's Northern California call centers could earn a bonus of
up to 10% of their salary for meeting the guidelines, which included making
appointments for 35% or fewer of the callers and transferring fewer than 50%
of calls during the day — and 60% at night — to trained advice nurses.
Kaiser cut its medical budget while adding members, tied a portion of doctors'
pay to how well they limited certain medical services and developed treatment
guidelines based partly on advice from cost-conscious consultants.

Kaiser Interest Free Loans are just one way physicians end
up in comprising situations



Kaiser Permanente offers interest free loans to its doctors



 
 

PATIENT OPINION POLLS STORIES



 

Patients Criticize Kaiser the Most according to State Survey



Patients criticize Kaiser the most Statewide survey rates
experiences of 35,000 


Kaiser given low marks for medical care


Kaiser Receives Poor Diagnosis From Patients


 

KAISER SHAM PEER REVIEW STORIES



 ***Kaiser Is Found Liable in Retaliation Case

By Charles Ornstein, Times Staff Writer June 3, 2006
A Los Angeles County jury found Friday that Kaiser Permanente retaliated against
one of its emergency room physicians after he raised concerns about the quality
of care at Kaiser's Bellflower Medical Center.
For historical purposes mirrored at:
http://www.kaiserpapers.org/news/ca/dirtyhospital.html

At: http://www.latimes.com/features/health/medicine/la-me-kaiser3jun03,1,6263019.story?coll=la-health-medicine&ctrack=1&cset=true
Mirrored for historical purposes at:  http://www.kaiserpapers.org/woodsvskaiser.html
A Los Angeles County jury found Friday that Kaiser Permanente retaliated against one
of its emergency room physicians after he raised concerns about the quality of care at
Kaiser's Bellflower Medical Center.

[Friday's courtroom verdict was unusual, because Kaiser and its affiliated Permanente
physicians group generally try to force lawsuits into binding arbitration, which is not open
to the public. The judge in Woods' case, however, ruled that the arbitration agreement was
unconscionable" and unenforceable. The arbitration provision has since been changed.

The case publicly spotlighted the problems at the Bellflower hospital. In one e-mail from
May 2003, Woods wrote that a patient found a urinal containing someone else's urine on
a nightstand in his treatment room.

In other e-mails, Woods detailed bloody instruments left in the sink of a treatment room
and a shortage of nitroglycerin, epinephrine, resuscitation bags and other supplies.]

Click on above links for full story.

 

Doctor slandered and fired for blowing whistle on 
Kaiser Permanente insurance fraud



 

ALL OTHERS


10/28/07 - Kaiser Permanente on Lockdown, Reason Still Under Investigation
http://www.fox6.com/news/local/story.aspx?content_id=48cc7802-8b77-4d2d-a891-59288e50fafc&rss=tick

Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Baldwin Park is
under lockdown, officials said today.
  
Reyna Delharo, a spokeswoman for the hospital, said police were in the
medical center and that a patient was being investigated, but it's not clear
why. A Baldwin Park police dispatcher said the hospital was under lockdown, but
would not say why. ABC7 reported that the lockdown was related to a possible
gang shooting, but Delharo said there had been no shooting inside the hospital.

mirrored at:  http://californianews.kaiserpapers.org/lockdownatbaldwinpark.html

Gunman Threatens Patient at Kaiser Permanente Hospital
 Police Search Facility

10/28/07 - - An anonymous caller threatened to 
attack someone inside Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Baldwin Park Sunday, 
prompting police to guard the hospital and monitor patients and staff.

http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=local&id=5730966

mirrored at:  http://californianews.kaiserpapers.org/lockdownatbaldwinpark.html

10/28/07 - Threat made to hospital leads to police lockdown

By Brian Day, Correspondent

BALDWIN PARK - Police surrounded and apparently locked down Kaiser Permanente
Medical Center late Sunday after receiving threats of violence, officials said.

http://www.sgvtribune.com/news/ci_7308883

mirrored at:  http://californianews.kaiserpapers.org/lockdownatbaldwinpark.html

 

Kaiser Santa Teresa flesh eating bacteria patient story



Sunday, December 5, 2004 Kaiser caught up in fake purse scam
Deputies seize counterfeit designer goods from Park Avenue medical office
By IAN MORRISON/Staff Writer


Santa Rosa Activist has questionable death at Kaiser

The real story on why Kaiser Permanente is building
all these new hospitals in California and it has little to
do with earthquake safety.


" The project was to build 21 Kaiser Hospitals over the next decade" "Kaiser had
completed an analysis that indicated they were losing approximately $8 million
per month per hospital as a result of sending clients to non-Kaiser hospitals."


More HMO Stuff


Capitalist Crisis in Healthcare


Kaiser 'Same Day' Service Proves Both Late and Lengthy
Last week I got a "same-day" appointment at Kaiser.


A "same-day" appointment is for members who have something wrong with them,
can't wait the two or three 
weeks it may take to get an appointment with their
regular doctor, but are not sick enough to go to the emergency room.


Unfortunately "same-day" appointments aren't always same day. I called on Friday
at noon; I got an appointment 
for 8:30 a.m. on Monday.

David Lawrence, Kaiser CEO claims he is quitting


Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park nurse license suspended
by Judge


KAISER TURNING TO COUNTY'S SMALL HOSPITALS FOR HELP ;
ANTICIPATING SURGE OF NEW MEMBERS, HMO MAY CONTRACT OUT SERVICES - 

BLEYS W. ROSE THE PRESS DEMOCRAT


Vaccine Testing on Kids Blocked U.S. turns down a Harbor-
UCLA smallpox proposal for 2- to 5-year-olds. By Charles Ornstein
Times Staff Writer




Not Buying Kaiser's Line - This is regarding the breakdown of
negotiations between Kaiser and Modesto Memorial Hospital


Kaiser Vallejo Sars Breakout? by Carl F. Worden -
Sierra Times.com


Kaiser ER Nurse arrested in probe of thefts by Andrea Cavanaugh

California’s Ailing System of Caring for Children with Special 
Health Care Needs

http://www.kaiserpapers.org/news/ca/childlrenspecial.html



 

 
 



KAISER AD CAMPAIGN STORIES - See also - http://kaiserthrive.org


Kaiser Marketing Practices Investigated

State looks at whether HMO misled Coachella Valley members about a switch to
its doctors.
By Charles Ornstein, Times Staff Writer
June 1, 2006

State regulators are investigating Kaiser Permanente's Southern California operation
for allegedly deceptive marketing practices related to the upcoming transfer of about
18,000 Coachella Valley patients from outside doctors to the HMO's staff physicians.

The California Department of Managed Health Care is looking into whether Kaiser
misled members into believing that they could continue seeing their current primary
care doctors when, in fact, that will no longer be the case after June 30.

"We are investigating the situation for a potential violation of the Health and
Safety Code," managed care agency spokeswoman Lynne Randolph said...... MORE




JON CARROLL -- Getaway Day At the Ionic Column
JON CARROLL
Friday, December 1, 1995
Folks, you have a problem. I'd suggest that maybe you scrap the feel-good,
twinkly-obstetrician ``Hi, Jonah'' big-bucks ad campaign designed to lure more
patients into the Kaiser system, and maybe concentrate on communicating better
with the people you have.
http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/1995/12/01/DD72299.DTL


An Outbreak of HMO Ads
Though pleasant, they're useless if you're looking for real information
- Carl T. Hall, Chronicle Staff Writer
Monday, October 23, 1995

Flowers, joggers, kids, talking dogs, acrobatic senior citizens and not a 
sick person in sight.

Welcome to the world of health care as viewed through the lens of advertising.

It's a softly lit, warm and friendly world. 
http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/1995/10/23/BU17473.DTL



Kaiser sued for not covering Viagra
By TERRI VERMEULEN
The lawsuit, filed this week on behalf of 77-year-old Louis Marcil in Los Angeles
Superior Court, alleges that Kaiser Permanente engaged in fraudulent and unfair
business practices, false advertising and intentionally misled consumers by
denying benefits for Viagra.





 
 
 

KAISER TRYING TO CONVINCE EVERYONE THAT 
THEY NEED TO PROVIDE NATIONAL HEALTH CARE STORIES



 

NOTE:  What Kaiser does not mention in this article is that they don't allow what 
they are proposing themselves without a court or government agency forcing them to.
Kaiser calls in the feds
- EXAMINER EDITORIAL WRITER
Sunday, September 28, 1997 

What Kaiser proposes - along with Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound 
(a Washington-based group recently acquired by Kaiser) and New York-based HIP 
Health Insurance Plans - represents a healthy start toward protecting 140 million 
Americans enrolled in managed care plans. Among the national standards suggested 
by the three HMOs:


Kaiser and other Transplant Issues
kaiserpapers > californianews > transplant




KAISER STRIKING EMPLOYEE STORIES



From: http://kcbs.com/pages/40527.php
Kaiser Pharmacists Deliver Strike Notice
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KCBS)  -- Some 1,200 Kaiser Permanente pharmacists have threatened
to walk off the job, calling on Kaiser to improve staffing levels at its 60 northern California pharmacies.

The Guild for Professional Pharmacists set a strike deadline of June 5, delivering a 10-day strike 
notice on Friday.

During recent contract negotiations, the Guild has asked Kaiser to fill 250 positions currently vacant, 
about 20 percent 

of the pharmacist positions in Kaiser’s northern California facilities, said vice-president of the union, 
Howard Hertz.

“This shortage has lead to essentially unlimited overtime at every Kaiser pharmacy,” Hertz said. 
“Working conditions 

and patient safety are threatened by this continuing shortage of pharmacists.” -   MORE

Mirrored At:  http://www.kaiserpapers.org/news/ca/pharmacist/striking.html



  Equipment malfunctions that harmed patients

CONTAMINATED AIR PUMPED INTO KAISER'S BABY INCUBATORS
SACRAMENTO BEE
November 30, 1984
Author: Ted Bell
Compressed air contaminated by oil fumes was accidentally pumped into baby incubators,
the neonatal intensive care unit and the adjacent hallways in Sacramento's Kaiser Hospital
for several hours in September, a hospital official acknowledged Thursday.

Kaiser spokeswoman Susan Pieper said that none of the nine infants being treated in the
unit was harmed by the accident.

But 52 hospital employees, almost all of them nurses, have signed a petition demanding the
facts behind the accident and what hospital administrators plan to do about it.
http://www.kaiserpapers.org/contaminatedair.html

SACRAMENTO BEE - December 1, 1984 
LAWYER TO PROBE KAISER 'AIR' INCIDENT

The parents of an ailing baby boy born in Kaiser Hospital's neonatal intensive care unit in
September hired a Sacramento lawyer Friday to investigate whether an air compressor malfunction
in the unit may have caused the child's recurring respiratory problems.

Lawyer Allan Owen said the parents, whom he would not identify, believe hospital officials gave
them an incomplete account of what happened in the+ unit late Sept. 12, when several nurses
noticed a strange odor and... SACRAMENTO BEE - December 11, 1984 THREE NURSES TREATED AFTER FOUL AIR PUMPED INTO KAISER NEONATAL UNIT
SECOND INCIDENT A second incident in which foul-smelling air was pumped into Kaiser Hospital's neonatal intensive
care unit sent three nurses to the emergency room for treatment. But two infants in the unit were
left hooked to the compressed air system that carried the foul smell because the hospital didn't have
enough backup equipment to supply the babies with clean air, The Bee has learned.
The second incident occurred on the overnight shift of Sept. 14-15, just two days after air...
SACRAMENTO BEE - December 28, 1984 NURSE SUING FOR $25 MILLION OVER KAISER FOUL AIR INCIDENT

A Sacramento nurse filed a $25 million lawsuit Thursday, charging that Kaiser Hospital officials failed
to tell her and other nurses that compressors used to pump air into infants' intensive care units were faulty.
Gail Kleve, who specializes in neonatal intensive care, filed the suit against Kaiser Foundation Hospitals.
Kleve has said she became ill during the evening of Sept. 12-13 when nurses discovered a foul smell coming
from the system that mixes compressed air with oxygen and...

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