Hous­ton hos­pi­tal ter­mi­nated from Medi­care

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - —Maria Castel­lucci

In a rare move, the CMS will ter­mi­nate Medi­care and Med­i­caid fund­ing at St. Joseph Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Hous­ton next month af­ter an in­ves­ti­ga­tion found the hos­pi­tal was non­com­pli­ant with fed­eral rules.

An Oct. 15 in­spec­tion re­port found that the 374-bed hos­pi­tal was in vi­o­la­tion of four pro­to­cols for Medi­care par­tic­i­pa­tion, in­clud­ing pa­tient rights, nurs­ing ser­vices and in­fec­tion con­trol.

The first in­spec­tion re­port by the state found that the hos­pi­tal, owned by Franklin, Tenn.-based for-profit op­er­a­tor Ia­sis Health­care, failed to prop­erly train se­cu­rity guards and nurs­ing staff to iden­tify psy­cho­log­i­cal changes in pa­tients.

In a fol­low-up in­spec­tion, the state found St. Joseph con­tin­ued to vi­o­late con­di­tions for Medi­care par­tic­i­pa­tion.

St. Joseph CEO Mark Bernard told employees in a writ­ten state­ment that the hos­pi­tal is meet­ing with CMS of­fi­cials to dis­cuss the ter­mi­na­tion and hopes to be able to con­tinue to pro­vide care to Medi­care and Med­i­caid pa­tients.

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