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Business administrators in CA ordered to stop making patient care decisions

California Watch, August 6, 2012

The order targets Accountable Health Care IPA, where regulators say the chief executive's son and another manager made calls on patient care that, by law, should be made by a doctor. The state Department of Managed Health Care, an oversight agency, issued 12 "cease and desist" orders to Accountable, a Los Angeles doctors' group that provides care for 148,000 patients. The orders are also aimed at large insurers that contract with Accountable, including Blue Cross, L.A. Care, Aetna, Health Net, Blue Shield and others. Those orders ask health plans to stop enabling its contractor to violate state law.