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Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield Announces Initiative to Protect Members' Health Aimed at Preventing Serious Medical Errors
Date:4/2/2008

y initiative to protect patients from five

million incidents of medical harm through December 2008; and

-- Participation in Leapfrog's patient safety survey to help reduce

preventable medical mistakes and improve the quality and affordability

of health care.

"Empire's efforts to concentrate on patient safety and work toward eliminating avoidable hospital errors are commendable and commensurate with our goals for a safer health care system that must realign itself to pay on the basis of safety and quality," said Diane Pinakiewicz, president of the National Patient Safety Foundation. "It is important that our industry find ways to correct the systems issues that allow avoidable errors to occur, and Empire's leadership in the field will help move us in this direction."

About Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield (Empire) is the trade name of Empire HealthChoice Assurance, Inc., and Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO is the trade name of Empire HealthChoice HMO, Inc., independent licensees of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, serving residents and businesses in the 28 eastern and southeastern counties of New York State. Additional information about Empire is available at http://www.empireblue.com


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