Health insurers won't pay for care from major hospital errors

01/14/2008 | Wall Street Journal (free content), The

Health insurers, including Aetna and WellPoint, will not reimburse hospitals for care resulting from serious errors, such as leaving an instrument in a patient after surgery, performing wrong surgical procedures and using contaminated devices. The move, which is in line with Medicare's decision to stop coverage for preventable hospital errors, is part of the companies' bid to improve patient safety and cut health care costs.

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