devoted to providing useful information for the patient/victim/family
better understand and survive the mandatory arbitration process.
Kaiser Permanente Arbitration System: A Review and
Recommendations for Improvement -
Blue Ribbon Advisory Panel on
Kaiser Permanente Arbitration
Blue Ribbon Advisory Panel Report is displayed here on the Kaiser
Papers because the Office of the Independent Administrator would not.
this year, 2007, The Office of the Independent Administrator
also placed online the same report at:
encourage you to read this report at the location of your choice.
to Survive A Kaiser Mandatory Binding Arbitration
In a brief
study of cost differences between states with binding mandatory
arbitration in Kaiser contracts and those that do not have a mandatory
arbitration clause in their Kaiser
contracts, we have found that there is no substantial difference
in cost of premiums. Binding mandatory arbitration does
appear to have
any bearing at all on the patients
we had this very positive idea that
this page would
be quick pointers and facts about the Kaiser
arbitration system that
would be of assistance for individuals going through this type of a
situation. Unfortunately, there is very little to say
arbitration that is positive. Like everything else Kaiser
related, it is set up only to help Kaiser and not the
patient. Oh, I
know what the rules say and I know what the government says but again
you have to consider that theory doesn't always work when it
the health care industry.
make it clear that ERISA plans may
arbitration - Read more at:
"Kaiser broke California law by forcing patients into secret
proceedings without fully and properly disclosing that they had given
their rights. Today's filing closes the door on the HMO's illegal
The unfair business competition law was the only tool I had to hold
accountable for its deception. With today's resolution of the case,
should take back the donation it made to the anti- patient initiative
stop its efforts to restrict patients' rights," said Yedalian.
arbitration is a private proceeding in which there is no public
record or judicial appeal, and arbitrators are often biased in favor of
the HMO. Kaiser failed to follow state law requiring the HMO to
to enrollees that they were giving up their right to go to court in
of a dispute. Because of this failure, a court found that the HMO's
provision was not enforceable. Yedalian's suit forced Kaiser to
to patients considering a medical malpractice claim that they may not
bound to arbitration. After the document filed today is signed by the
the action will be dismissed and the court will retain jurisdiction
the case to ensure that the settlement is enforced and Kaiser informs
of their rights.
It is important that you get a copy of
your medical records immediately
if you are considering arbitration with Kaiser. Get them
before Medical Legal re-writes them!.
"They don't want to diagnose or
treat Lyme disease, because it is very costly to diagnose and treat.
Kaiser has a
system where you can't sue them if you are misdiagnosed, so it just
HEALTH PLAN ARBITRATION ACT OF 2004
Measure that we all have hoped would be Submitted Directly to the
Voters and related news article. Kaiser spent over $40,000.00
lobby against this bill before it ever made it to the petition stage as
per information from the California Secretary of State.
list of several
hundred arbitrations involving Kaiser Permanente in California
2003-2007 - This list is not a complete list. It does not
those that were settled out of court, switched over to a
mediation or similar matters. This list also does not include
plaintiffs that had no formal legal representation.
in California Managed Health
Marcus Nieto and Margaret Hosel
Report in original form
Research Bureau - California State Library