Monday, January 25, 2010

In the News: Insurer Anthem invests in hospital initiative to improve safety, cut costs

By Duke Helfand, Los Angeles Times

January 20, 2010

California's largest health insurer is teaming with hospitals and doctors throughout the state to better share ways to improve patient safety and cut costs, leaders of the initiative said Tuesday.

Doctors, nurses and other health professionals at California hospitals will meet quarterly in person or over the Internet during the next three years to compare their practices and data for reducing medical problems such as hospital-borne infections. Woodland Hills-based Anthem Blue Cross is contributing $6 million toward the effort.

"When it comes to patient safety, we must do better," Leslie Margolin, Anthem's president, said at a news conference Tuesday at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. "We will take real, meaningful costs out of the system and we will save lives."
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