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Kaiser Permanente

Former California health regulator agrees to a fine for helping Kaiser

A former top regulator for the state who was involved in an audit of Kaiser Permanente before going to work for the HMO has admitted she acted improperly and has agreed to pay a fine, according to documents released Monday.

Marcella Faye Gallagher was supervising attorney for the state’s Department of Managed Health Care while it audited Kaiser to make sure the HMO’s mental health plan complied with state law by providing timely access to services.

During the six months she worked on the Kaiser audit in 2012, Gallagher “helped pick” the audit team, developed the scope of work, counseled the audit analysts, “advised on documents to be requested...