Corporate Compliance

Kaiser given record-breaking $3 million fine

Compliance Monitor, August 1, 2007

Kaiser Permanente has been assessed a $3 million fine for its haphazard investigations of questionable care, physician performance and patient complaints at its California hospitals, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The California Department of Managed Health Care said it will levy a $3 million fine against Kaiser, the largest HMO in the state, with 29 medical centers and more than 6 million members. If Kaiser makes necessary improvements, the agency's director has said she will forgive $1 million of the fine.

The penalty marks the second time in a year that Kaiser has been publicly rebuked and fined for glaring breakdowns in oversight.

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