CIGNA to Stop Reimbursing Hospitals for Never Events and Avoidable Hospital Conditions

April 18, 2008

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CIGNA HealthCare recently announced its intent to stop reimbursing hospitals for so-called "never events" and avoidable hospital conditions, which are errors in patient care that can and should be prevented. The message comes as part of CIGNA's ongoing focus on improving health care quality.

The new CIGNA policy is consistent with the policy of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Both the CIGNA and CMS policies will become effective on October 1st, 2008.

Read the CIGNA news release on this topic.