BlueCross BlueShield delays online report

CHATTANOOGA, TN (AP) -- BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee indefinitely postponed an online report about health care providers and costs after doctors said the insurer uses misleading and, in some cases, inaccurate information.

Chattanooga-based BlueCross BlueShield agreed to delay the planned April online publication.

Executives of the state's largest health insurer indefinitely postponed a deadline for doctors to correct their online profiles, some of which physicians say are rife with inaccuracies.

The insurer's chief medical officer, Dr. David Maroney, said the delay is aimed at fixing the mistakes.

The medical director of business operations for University Surgical Associates, Dr. Pete Kelley, said most doctors do a good job but accurately documenting their performance is not simple.

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Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, http://www.timesfreepress.com

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