Skip to comments.Politically connected HealthCare Partners sidestepped licensing for 10 years
Posted on 05/05/2013 10:17:28 AM PDT by Rusty0604
HealthCare Partners, one of the original pioneer ACOs, appears to have been built on a house of cards. Charges of illegal operations, providing unlawful hospital networks, and repeated denials of care at the patient level are just some of the issues. HealthCare Partners, hand picked by the Obama Administration, allegedly has been operating in California for one decade without the required state license, according to charges filed last September in a class action lawsuit by lead plaintiff Juan Carlos Jandres (lawsuit pdf here). Charges include shoddy, substandard care to more than 675,000 patients in Southern California, including a disproportionate number of Latinos in East and South East Los Angeles. The lawsuit was filed by the Johnny Cochrane law firm on behalf of Juan Carlos Jandres, a hospital worker in Orange County, and a class of other patients allegedly harmed. Jandress was denied access to a quality hospital and oncologist by HCP for nearly three years. Finally, his Human Resources department changed his medical group from HealthCare Partners to Monarch, and Jandres was allowed to go to UCLA, where doctors found a malignant tumor in his mouth. Class action charges include that HealthCare Partners had illegally taken payments from the HMO for hospital care, and created its own substandard network of community hospitals, and then forced patients to go use its network.
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