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