Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois to stop paying for errors

Another insurer this week announced it will no longer pay hospitals for egregious errors, according to the Chicago Tribune . Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, the state’s largest insurer, will no longer pay claims for so-called ‘never events,’ such as leaving medical equipment or supplies inside a patient’s body after surgery. According to the Tribune, the new payment policy is expected to be implemented by the end of the year at Illinois Blue Cross and three other Blue Cross plans that operate under the Illinois plan's parent, Chicago-based Health Care Service Corp. The nation's fourth largest insurer, it has 12.4 million members, including 7.4 million in Illinois. (SOURCE: HCPro Quality Improvement Monitor , www.hcpro.com, August 8, 2008)