Nov72012

Health Care Watchdog Takes a Stand on Financial Solvency Standards Board (FSSB) Conflict of Interest

Posted by Kassy Perry

NOVEMBER 7, 2012

SACRAMENTO, CA– The original “whistle blower” who blew the lid off corruption in the City of Bell will continue his work as a community advocate, this time at the state level. Bell Councilman Nestor Valencia and Our SALUD activist Elba Romo will take on the Department of Managed Health Care’s Financial Solvency Standards Board (FSSB) Thursday to shine a light on wrongdoing and conflicts of interest that are injuring people in the Los Angeles region. Our SALUD is a new grassroots advocacy effort and healthcare watchdog, representing civic, community, and business leaders from the Southern California Latino communities.

WHAT:
The Financial Solvency Standards Board makes important decisions on the expansion of healthcare, yet FSSB Board Chair Keith Wilson, M.D., is an officer of HealthCare Partners (HCP), a pioneer ACO operating as an unlawfully unlicensed HMO, putting profits before patients. According to the Department of Managed Health Care, HCP is under investigation for operating without a plan license. HCP is also the focus of a class action lawsuit on behalf of Juan Carlos Jandres and other patients. Our SALUD will demand the removal of HCP’s Dr. Wilson as it represents a significant conflict of interest for him to advise state regulators on any matters that concern determining the standards by which ACOs, medical groups, or any other entities can or should be licensed.
Patients’ lives are at stake. We are shining a light on decisions that are putting people at risk.

WHEN:
Thursday, November 8, 2012, 10:00 am- 1:00 pm

WHERE:
Financial Solvency Standards Board Meeting
Conference Room, 2nd floor
980 9th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

WHO:
Nestor Valencia, City of Bell Whistleblower, Bell City Council member, Community Activist and Healthcare expert. Elba Romo, local government official, Our SALUD Community Representative.
Financial Solvency Standards Board Members:
Dr. Keith Wilson-Chairman, Officer of HealthCare Partners
Brent A. Barnhart-Department of Managed Health Care
Grant Cattaneo-Cattaneo and Stroud
Edward Cymerys-Blue Shield of California
Dr.Larry deGhetaldi-Palo Alto Medical Foundation
Dave Meadows-HealthNet of California
Ann Pumpian-Sharp HealthCare
Dr. Rick Shinto-Aveta Inc.
Tom Williams- Alternate/ Integrated Healthcare Associates
Deborah Kelch-Alternate/ Independent Consultant

VISUAL OPPORTUNITIES:
Nestor Valencia and Elba Romo will address the board requesting answers to their letter asking for Dr. Wilson’s removal.
Photos of Juan Carlos Jandres


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