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INDEX KAISER PERMANENTE PATIENT DUMPING ARTICLES OF INTEREST
Aug. 29, 2009
Probe faults Kaiser for leaving brain-injured man on Sacramento streets

11/06/2007
Missing Livermore man found dazed near Lake Merritt
(note while this patient dumping involves a contracting facility of Kaiser Permanente they should assume joint responsibility for the loss of this patient.)

10/25/2007
Livermore resident was discharged from facility, dropped off in Oakland

July 23, 2007
Modern Healthcare

New homeless dumping allegation probed

May 15, 2007
Kaiser agrees to reforms in settlement with Los Angeles aimed at ending homeless 'dumping'

Watch 60 Minutes with Anderson Cooper
Video Segment on Kaiser Permanente practice of Patient Dumping


L.A. CITY ATTORNEY, ROCKY DELGADILLO

Homeless Dumping Case Settled

January 14, 2007
A former employee has sued Kaiser Permanente

November 16, 2006
L.A. files patient `dumping' charges


March 22, 2006 Video Said to Capture Skid Row Dumping


March 23, 2006
Alleged Skid Row Dumping Is Captured on Videotape

Jan 16, 2006
Just a few days before his fourth scheduled treatment, Scott received this letter from Kaiser, which says, “your membership in Kaiser foundation health plan has been 
revoked due to the intentional misrepresentation of your health history.

November 17, 2000 Kaiser pays $61,000 to settle South Sac patient-dumping case


March 26, 1999
High Court OKs Reduced Malpractice Sum in Girl's Death


April 19, 1997
Kaiser must improve care in Richmond
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


Missing Livermore man found dazed near Lake Merritt Family grateful but may sue treatment facility By Roman Gokhman, STAFF WRITER Article Last Updated: 11/06/2007 02:41:26 AM PST
A Livermore man suffering from a mental condition and liver failure who was missing after he was dropped off at an Oakland homeless shelter was found near Lake Merritt on Saturday.

The family of John Kenneth Wojcik said he was near death when found, and may still not recover from his ailments.

"He's in the ICU and he's very sick," said his mother, Doreen Rakey. "When he was brought in, his body temperature was 81.5 degrees."


http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_7383673?source=most_emailed
mirrored for historical purposes at:  http://californianews.kaiserpapers.org/dumping//livermoremanfound.html


A photo of John Wojcik 43, who is suffering from a mental condition and liver failure. After being discharged from Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Walnut Creek John Wojcik was sent to the City Team Ministries homeless shelter in Oakland, Calif., on Saturday, October 20, 2007, and has not been seen sense. Wojcik, is 6-feet tall, approximately 240 pounds and has hazel eyes. He was last seen wearing a blue coat, black T-shirt, blue jeans and gray shoes. (Wojcik Family/Contra Costa Times)Man missing from treatment center

Livermore resident was discharged from facility, dropped off in Oakland

By Roman Gokhman, STAFF WRITER

http://www.insidebayarea.com/argus/localnews/ci_7276086

Another Kaiser Patient Dumped!

Livermore man reported missing
Patient at mental health facility was dropped off at homeless shelter, wife says
By Roman Gokhman
STAFF WRITER
Contra Costa Times
Article Launched:10/25/2007 03:03:32 AM PDT

 .....Corazon Wojcik said she called the facility Friday to ask where her husband had been transferred and was told he was discharged the previous day and taken to a homeless shelter in Oakland.

"They arranged to have him transported there," Livermore police Lt. Scott Trudeau said. "Why they would do that we don't know."

He said the Tri-Valley does not have any homeless shelters for men, but that does not explain why John Wojcik was taken to a homeless shelter when he was not homeless.

Corazon Wojcik said she immediately called the shelter but was not able to reach anyone until Saturday. Then she was told that everyone who spent the previous night there had left for the day.

Kaiser Permanente spokeswoman Gerri Ginsburg said she does not know the specifics of what led to John Wojcik's disappearance.

"We're investigating this actively," she said. "Because of patient privacy laws, we can't discuss an individual case."

http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_7276590?nclick_check=1
mirrored for historical purposes at:   http://californianews.kaiserpapers.org/dumping/kaiser-patient-dumping-livermore.html


Modern Healthcare
July 23, 2007

by Rebecca Vesely
Kaiser probed again;
More patient dumping alleged in Los Angeles area
A new accusation of patient dumping by a Kaiser Permanente hospital in the Los Angeles area could put the integrated provider at risk of new penalties for violating a landmark settlement reached over a highly publicized incident, according to the city attorney's office.
The accusation is one of 10 alleged incidents of patient dumping by Los Angeles hospitals being pursued by the city attorney's office. In the past year and a half, the office has received about 70 reports of homeless patient dumping. On June 26, the city filed civil action against two other area hospitals-410-bed Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles and 334-bed Methodist Hospital of Southern California in Arcadia-in four other patient dumping incidents.

http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/healthcare/nw/?postId=8236

http://www.dailynews.com/news/ci_6363301
New homeless dumping allegation probed

BY KERRY CAVANAUGH, Staff Writer

The City Attorney's Office is investigating whether Kaiser Permanente dumped a homeless patient on Skid Row, in violation of a settlement reached in a previous case.

The latest inquiry began after officials learned that workers from Kaiser's Baldwin Hills hospital took a 26-year-old man with severe back pain to homeless shelters downtown against his will, officials said.



May 15, 2007 Kaiser agrees to reforms in settlement with Los Angeles aimed at ending homeless 'dumping'
Kaiser will create new protocols for discharging homeless patients in its chain of hospitals, train staff and allow retired U.S. District Court Judge Lourdes G. Baird, a former U.S. attorney, to monitor its progress, officials said Tuesday

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/05/15/america/NA-GEN-US-Homeless-Dumping.php

mirrored for historical purposes at:
http://californianews.kaiserpapers.org/dumping/reformbyda.html

Watch 60 Minutes with Anderson Cooper
Video Segment on Kaiser Permanente practice of Patient Dumping
http://www.cbsnews.com/sections/i_video/main500251.shtml?id=2830261n
http://tinyurl.com/29e67s
related CBS stories at:
http://tinyurl.com/2tmyrb



L.A. CITY ATTORNEY, ROCKY DELGADILLO ANNOUNCES LANDMARK SETTLEMENT WITH KAISER IN
HOMELESS PATIENT DUMPING CASES
http://www.lacity.org/atty/index/attyindex56045233_05152007.pdf




Homeless Dumping Case Settled
 
- On Tuesday, City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo and Kaiser Permanente announced a settlement over the alleged dumping of a homeless patient on downtown's Skid Row.
http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=local&id=5307645&ft=print

mirrored for historical purposes at:  http://www.kaiserpapers.org/news/ca/may15.html



January 14, 2007 LOS ANGELES -- A former employee has sued Kaiser Permanente, claiming it "blackballed" her for participating in a criminal investigation into the alleged dumping of a homeless woman on skid row.

Irene Hernandez, 50, of Downey said Kaiser's hospital in Bellflower stopped employing her as a registry nursing assistant after she cooperated with the Los Angeles city attorney's office investigation into alleged patient-dumping by the HMO.

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/state/20070113-1229-ca-brf-homelessdumping.html
http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2007/01/14/news/state/16_33_051_13_07.txt
mirrored for historical purposes at:  http://californianews.kaiserpapers.org/dumping/irenehernandez.html


L.A. files patient `dumping' charges
Kaiser Permanente is accused of leaving a homeless woman to wander on skid row.
By Richard Winton and Cara Mia DiMassa, Times Staff Writers
November 16, 2006

The Los Angeles city attorney's office filed false-imprisonment and dependent-care-endangerment charges against hospital giant Kaiser Permanente on Wednesday, the first criminal prosecution of a medical center accused of "dumping" patients on skid row........

If convicted, Kaiser Permanente would be placed on probation that would limit its behavior and contain potential penalties.

Any criminal finding could influence a medical facility's bonding and its ratings by medical organizations.


Rosenbaum said that meetings with Kaiser and hospitals failed to yield reform — and that was part of the reason for the court filings. "It is like they lit a match to the Hippocratic oath," he said.
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-dumping16nov16,0,3911487.story?coll=la-home-headlines

mirrored for historical purposes at: http://californianews.kaiserpapers.org/dumping/rocky.html
Alleged Skid Row Dumping Is Captured on Videotape
A patient released from a Kaiser hospital is shown wandering outside a downtown
L.A. rescue mission.By Cara Mia DiMassa, Times Staff Writer
March 23, 2006
entire story at:
http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/california/la-me-dumping23mar23,1,1193808.story?coll=la-headlines-pe-california
Also view the video of this patient dumping on the LA Times web page listed above.
Highlights:

The mission has been sending tapes and written logs of alleged dumping incidents to
the Los Angeles city attorney's office.

Reyes of Gardena was released Monday after being a patient at Kaiser Permanente
Bellflower Medical Center for three days, the hospital said. Capt. Andrew Smith of the
LAPD's Central Division said that he believes the taxi took Reyes to skid row against
her will.

Reyes said in an interview that she could not remember what happened when she left the
hospital or how she got to skid row.

City Councilwoman Jan Perry, who showed reporters the video at a news conference,
called the dumping of the woman "egregious."

mirrored for historical purposes at: http://californianews.kaiserpapers.org/dumping/dumpedreyes.html



March 22, 2006 Video Said to Capture Skid Row Dumping
From:  http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-032206dump_lat,0,5616475.story?coll=la-home-headlines

By Cara Mia DiMassa
Times Staff Writer -  

Authorities released a videotape this afternoon of what they say is the dumping of a 63-year-old
woman on the streets of skid row. .....LAPD Capt. Andrew Smith said he believes the taxi took
the woman, a 63-year-old Gardena resident, downtown against her will after she was discharged
from Kaiser Permanente Bellflower on Monday....In addition, LAPD officials have said that they
often see people with hospital wristbands on skid row, often appearing ill and sometimes wearing
colostomy bags.

Mirrored at: http://californianews.kaiserpapers.org/dumping/skidrow.html



Friday, March 26, 1999  High Court OKs Reduced Malpractice Sum in Girl's Death
State's $250,000 limit applies in suit over hospital `dumping' http://kaiserpapers.org/co/dirtylit.html
Harriet Chiang, Chronicle Legal Affairs Writer

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



From:  http://cbs2.com/consumer/local_story_016195509.html
A cancer patient in the fight of his life suddenly has to fight his HMO at the same time.
They cancelled his membership just when he needed it most. So we got involved to help
him and what happened next could be a lesson for everyone.

Scott Bracy is the father of a three-month-old baby girl, and he’s fighting for his life. 

In August Scott was diagnosed with malignant melanoma. Doctors at Kaiser Permanente 
medical center in Riverside told him with aggressive chemotherapy treatment he would 
have a twelve percent chance of survival.

Then, just a few days before his fourth scheduled treatment, Scott received this letter 
from Kaiser, which says, “your membership in Kaiser foundation health plan has been 
revoked due to the intentional misrepresentation of your health history." An allegation 
that Scott vehemently denies.
Mirrored for historical purposes at: http://horror.kaiserpapers.org/bracy.html


November 17, 2000 Kaiser pays $61,000 to settle South Sac patient-dumping case

Kaiser paid fines totaling $61,000 on June 28, 2000 to settle the matter, and adopted a number of measures to ensure strict compliance with the law.

Kaiser's East Bay Medical Center in Richmond paid $25,000 to settle similar allegations under the 1986 Emergency Treatment and Active Labor Act.

http://sacramento.bcentral.com/sacramento/stories/2000/11/13/daily26.html


L.A. Targets Patient Dumping - Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles


Kaiser must improve care in Richmond
- Eric Brazil, OF THE EXAMINER STAFF
Saturday, April 19, 1997 
Kaiser has drawn criticism since the deaths earlier this year of three patients who sought 
care at Richmond but were transferred because Richmond's intensive care unit wasn't open.
CNA said Kaiser's decision to reduce the level of care at its East Bay facilities amounted to
"medical red-lining." 
 http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/e/a/1997/04/19/NEWS2814.dtl




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