Friday, June 20, 2008


Yesterday's Globe reported that the Massachusetts state government (both as an insurer and purchaser of health care) as well as Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts have announced that that they will no longer pay for 28 types of medical errors defined as "Never Events" by the National Quality Forum. For a list of these types of events, click here.

This past November, the Massachusetts Hospital Association announced that all of its members had adopted a policy of not charging patients or insurers for nine of these types of events.

There are clearly significant details to be worked out, but we support any efforts on the part of the state and federal government, healthcare community, professional associations, and insurers to shift the focus to quality healthcare for the citizens of Massachusetts.

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