A California health care watchdog group is asking state regulators to halt the merger between Health Care Partners and dialysis provider DaVita Inc., pending a state investigation into a lawsuit filed against the managed care company.
Last month, patient Juan Carlos Jandres sued HealthCare Partners in Los Angeles County Superior Court, accusing it of violating state law by managing patient care without the necessary government license, according to the Los Angeles Times.
According to the watchdog group Our SALUD (Somos Aliados Latinos Unidos por la Dignidad - Latino Allies United for Dignity), HealthCare Partners acts like an HMO by creating a contracted network of hospitals, but is not licensed by the California Department of Managed Health Care to provide medical and hospital services in California.
A spokesman for HealthCare Partners told the L.A. Times it is "in full compliance with state and federal law." State officials told the newspaper it had no jurisdiction over the deal with DaVita.
"It is unclear whether the board of directors for either company have been made aware of the medical malpractice and class action lawsuits pending against HealthCare Partners, and that they will be held personally liable for the damages caused to patient Juan Carlos Jandres, and others in the class, Our SALUD said in a statement.