Hospitals suing other hospitals in Orange County... hospitals don't care for the Kaiser pay structure and payment plan when receiving patients the all in one Kaiser system can't handle...the story states Kaiser is not paying according to their contract...BD
Nine local hospitals are part of a statewide lawsuit against Kaiser Permanente, claiming the managed care giant owes $16 million in medical bills. About 20 hospitals owned or formerly owned by Tenet Healthcare Corp. of Dallas filed the lawsuit Dec. 29 in Orange County Superior Court. The suit alleges that Oakland-based Kaiser failed to pay rates set by contract from 2000 to 2004.
The local Tenet hospitals involved in the suit are: Fountain Valley Regional Hospital, Garden Grove Hospital, Irvine Regional Hospital, Los Alamitos Medical Center and Placentia Linda Hospital.
Four former Tenet hospitals in the county also sued: Western Medical Centers in Santa Ana and Anaheim, Chapman Medical Center in Orange and Coastal Communities Hospital in Santa Ana.