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Blue Cross Won't Pull Contract From Tenet

November 22, 2003|From Staff and Wire Reports

Blue Cross of California backed away from its plan to cancel a contract with a Tenet Healthcare Corp.'s hospital that the insurer had accused of performing unnecessary heart procedures.

Blue Cross of California, owned by WellPoint Health Networks Inc. of Thousand Oaks, previously said it would terminate its contract with Doctors Medical Center of Modesto on Nov. 30.

But in a statement, Blue Cross said the hospital had taken steps to tighten its internal oversight and that the insurer was satisfied its members would receive appropriate treatment, especially of heart surgeries.

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