|[November 15, 2012]
Prominent LA Law Firm and Latino Activist Community Network Join Forces to Save Lives
LOS ANGELES --(Business Wire)--
In an effort to identify additional victims of Los Angeles heavyweight
medical group HealthCare Partners (HCP) and their policies that put
profits over patients, the Cochran Law Firm and Our SALUD are
co-sponsoring a series of advertisements throughout the Los Angeles
HCP currently has 675,000 patients and contracts with most major HMOs
and PPOs servicing the Greater Los Angeles area, including California
Hospital Medical Center. An investigation has identified an illegal
hospital network created by HealthCare Partners to allow the medical
group to get paid a higher fee per patient while providing lower quality
"We hope to find others injured by HealthCare Partners cost cutting to
ensure we can get them the care they need," said Randy McMurray,
attorney at law Cochran Law LLP. "We also are hopeful that we have
awakened the sleepy HMO watchdog that will now require HCP to get the
license they require."
"Is the DMHC's position that an unlicensed HMO can continue to treat
patients and assume global financial risk until DMHC finishes twiddling
its thumbs How many patients have been hurt before DMHC does its job "
said Elba Romo, Our SALUD Community Representative.
The ad specifically highlights Juan Carlos Jandres, the young man who is
at the center of the law suit against HealthCare Partners (HCP). In that
suit, the Cochran Law firm claims they have found a long standing
disregard for managed care laws and a substantial failure in ovrsight
and regulation by the California Department of Managed Health Care.
Healthcare Partners Medical Group acts like an HMO by creating a
contracted network of hospitals, but is not licensed by the DMHC to
provide hospital services in California. Our SALUD hopes the ads can
shed light on a long standing issue that will only continue to affect
the thousands under HCP's care.
McMurray said California laws such as the Knox-Keene Act of 1975 and the
ban on the corporate practice of medicine are intended to prevent
unlicensed persons from interfering with or influencing a physician's
"The purpose of the licensing process is to make sure that the groups
are subject to increased oversight by the California Department of
Managed Healthcare," McMurray said. "These increased oversight
requirements were put into place to protect the California consumer."
The full script of the ad is below and the ad can be viewed HERE.
What You Don't Know About HealthCare Partners Might Hurt You
Juan Carlos Jandres found out the hard way. The courageous young man at
the center of a class action lawsuit against HealthCare Partners, Juan
had to fight for his cancer treatment. His HealthCare Partners doctors
told Juan he was fine. They were wrong. He found new doctors at a good
hospital and got the surgery he needed. Now he's fighting for all of
HealthCare Partners' patients.
HealthCare Partners created an unlicensed and substandard hospital
network to save money. State regulators knew it, but did nothing. So
Juan did something.
If you have been denied care or injured by doctors working for
HealthCare Partners, call us:
Randy McMurray, Cochran Law Firm, at 323-931-6200
Nestor Valencia of Our SALUD at 424-272-5386
Our SALUD (Somos Aliados Latinos Unidos por la Dignidad - Latino Allies
United for Dignity), a health care watchdog coalition is a grassroots
coalition and healthcare watchdog representing civic, community, and
business leaders from the Southern California Latino communities. We
believe that our low-income, minority communities deserve quality health
care access equal to other communities. We believe our communities are
not unlike other communities in California which are yearning for best
practices and quality health care. With the new Affordable Care Act, we
believe the legislators shall bring transparency and good government
practices in implementing new health care delivery models, which should
include exceptional, free of conflict-of-interest, community-patient
focused decision-makers at every level.
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