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Consumer Watchdog Calls On Kaiser CEO To Disclose Substance Abuse & Patient Safety Problems At Health System Following High Profile Denials By Kaiser Doc
Date:11/25/2013

cians were disciplined for drug and alcohol problems;
  • Data for the last decade showing how many cases in the Kaiser arbitration system involved substance abuse by physicians;
  • Data for the last decade showing how many peer review reports were made by Kaiser doctors about other Kaiser doctors' negligent practices or substance abuse issues;
  • Data from the arbitration system showing how many cases involved prescription overdose injuries or deaths, and the resolution of such disputes;
  • Full disclosure about the nature of Kaiser Permanente's funding of the California Medical Association, as it has been reported but never confirmed that Kaiser pays the dues for every Kaiser physician to become a member of the CMA and therefore has disproportionate political impact over the association; and,
  • Explain why Kaiser Permanente has not fully implemented real-time use of the CURES prescription drug database in California and what procedures are now required of its doctors before prescribing narcotics.
  • Court wrote: "Articles in medical journals nationally confirm that substance abuse by physicians is a serious problem. Yet Paul's callous disregard for this serious threat echoes an outrageous statement made by California Society of Anesthesiologists director Dr. Jeffrey Poage, who wrote last week for a feature on the society's webpage: 'Is physician impairment really a problem? Doesn't matter.' "

    "Most troubling is Paul's repeated disrespect for and unwillingness to acknowledge the suffering and circumstances of families and victims of medical negligence, including Bob Pack, the author of the Troy and Alana Pack Patient Safety Act," Court wrote.  "Bob and I have written Paul on numerous occasions to ask him to debate his misstatements about the Pack family and Bob's ballot measure proposal. Paul has ignored each letter and not p
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