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Blue Cross Won't Reimburse for Medical Errors

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City recently announced that started October 1, they will no longer reimburse hospitals and doctors for medical errors.

A similar announcement was made last year by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Preventable Medical Errors Not Covered

Blue Cross says they are no longer responsible for errors referred to as “never events” that shouldn’t happen because they’re preventable.

Among the events that Blue Cross won’t cover are:
• Artery blockage from air bubbles during surgery
• Objects left inside patients
• Use of wrong blood type in transfusions
• Bed sores
• Hospital acquired injuries

Policy Implemented

According to Sue Johnson, a spokeswoman for Blue Cross, the policy will be implemented whether hospitals support it or not.

However, several hospitals, such as Saint Luke’s Health System and HCA Midwest Health System, are said to have already expressed their support.

“Our objective in working together with area hospitals is to ensure patient safety remains a top focus in the health care industry,” explains Tom Browser, the CEO of Blue Cross.

(Source: BizJournals)

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