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BCBS plans to phase out pay for hospital acquired conditions and serious errors

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News item on Modern Healthcare: Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans will no longer pay for serious errors and hospital-acquired conditions called “never events”. The 39 Blues plans nationwide insure 100 million people. Never events include performing the wrong surgical procedure, hospital-acquired pressure ulcers and leaving foreign objects in the body after surgery. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will no longer pay for never events starting Oct. 1, 2008. Other major insurers have said they will adopt similar policies.

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