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WellPoint to offer minimum hospital stays
Modern Healthcare

WellPoint announced it will offer 48-hour minimum hospital stays for patients recovering from breast cancer surgery starting July 1, and pledged to implement other provisions of legislation now before Congress. The Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act, introduced by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), seeks to end the practice of so-called “drive-thru mastectomies” by making sure women have adequate hospital recovery time after surgery. The bill also requires clear explanation of benefits to insurance policyholders with breast cancer.