Kaiser Permanente seems to be in hot water in California.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the HMO-style health care provider has angered some of its largest corporate users with a series of premium increases that, the companies say, are undermining Kaiser's own competitive advantage.

Kaiser told the Times it believes it isn't premium increases that employers are complaining about but transparency issues that have to do with the way Kaiser reports medical procedure data.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.