Special Thanks to The State of Minnesota Attorney General’s Office – Lori Swanson, Attorney General and Virginia Clark.
George Halvorson, current CEO of Kaiser Health Plan and Hospitals, a nonprofit HMO and the Permanente Medical Group was found to be funding a lavish lifestyle off of patient money while employed at Kaiser partner organization, HealthPartners of Minnesota. HealthPartners is also designated by the I.R.S. as a nonprofit, public benefit corporation!
Halvorson went and took a job with Kaiser rather than stick around and take the heat from getting caught with his shady dealings in Minnesota. You decide if he brought his special business practices from Minnesota to California.
Here is the link to the “Stipulation and Order for Appointment of Special Administrator” rendered by the Attorney General of the State of Minnesota: https://minnesota.kaiserpapers.org/pdfs/settlement.pdf
Also please view the statement made by Mike Hatch, the Attorney General of Minnesota at the time, regarding what was revealed during this investigation as presented to the Senate Finance Committee:
STATEMENT OF MINNESOTA ATTORNEY GENERAL MIKE HATCH BEFORE THE SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE APRIL 5, 2005
The following three folders are the contents of the State of Minnesota Office of The Attorney General – HealthPartners Compliance Review Report. Provided in both text form. Exhibits are in a general searchable pdf format.
HEALTHPARTNERS COMPLIANCE REVIEW EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION VOL I & II
“Based on the information provided by HealthPartners, there is a question as to whether the compensation paid to certain executives is consistent with state and federal law. “http://kaiserpapers.org/minnesota/executivecompensation.html
HealthPartners Compliance Review – Consulting Expenses – Vol I & II – https://minnesota.kaiserpapers.org/consulting-expenses/
A Highlight- Page 19 “The screener will ask for the contact person, then ask if that person was treated for a short list of conditions in the past 12 months. This procedure is designed to avoid the perception that the interviewer knows personal details regarding the respondent’s medical history. Only those indicating treatment for diabetes will be allowed to participate. Id.
A Highlight – Page 15 “It should be remembered that HealthPartners is a health maintenance organization. According to its web site, it is well aware of the crisis in the affordability of healthcare, making repeated references to efficiency and cost. According to its web site, it also promotes the use of “health foods” and “healthy” eating establishments. Under these circumstances, it is difficult to justify the use of patients’ premiums for alcohol and staff forays. “
Exhibit 14 – Corporate Receipts for Massage Therapist Services during Board Meetings.
CONCLUSION TO VOL I REPORT – TRAVEL AND ENTERTAINMENT –
“He states that he was immediately confronted with resistance, with complaints ranging from
“this is in lieu of higher compensation” to “everybody is doing it.” He noted that health care executives will be pressured to please peers and subordinates who are accustomed to a culture of luxury. Accordingly, in an effort to create an environment of fiscal prudence, it is recommended that, for each month during the first six months following this report, the chair file a report with this Office which itemizes the expenses incurred in these areas. It is hoped that, after a six month period of fiscal prudence, the need for further reporting will
be eliminated. “
Exhibits 26 – 28 – HP explanation of why they have a significant amount of out of state travel. 179 trips to San Francisco, 100 trips to San Diego, 99 trips to Orlando among several other listed destinations. Halvorson expense report – Vikings Play-Off Tickets, Christmas Cards, Miami Hotel, CAQH Meeting, Dallas, Texas, Arizona, more season tickets, Uganda Project consultation, car repair, Miami for International Summit, Mervyn’s and Liquor. Trips to Los Angeles, AT&T, Time-Life Books, CAQH – Washington D.C. trip, MHHP Executive Institute.