One state and the biggest insurer therein announced a list of 28 medical errors for which doctors and hospitals will no longer be reimbursed. The 28 errors entail mistakes such as performing surgery on the wrong body part, or the wrong patient, performing the wrong surgical procedure on a patient, unintentionally leaving a foreign body in a patient, and death or serious disability resulting from a medication error such as the wrong drug or dose. The list will be used by Blue Cross Blue Shield in the particular state and by several state agencies that provide or subsidize insurance for various groups including needy people. This comes after Medicare announced last year that it would stop paying for what are called “never events,” such as leaving a foreign object inside a surgical patient. This initiative may spread to other states, including Illinois.
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