Two Texas hos­pi­tals to keep fed­eral fund­ing

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - —Vir­gil Dick­son

Two trou­bled Texas hos­pi­tals have been spared the loss of fed­eral fund­ing over pa­tient-care is­sues.

The CMS has in­def­i­nitely de­layed plans to strip Medi­care and Med­i­caid fund­ing from Hop­kins County Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal in Sul­phur Springs. Con­cerns about the 96-bed fa­cil­ity were first raised af­ter an Au­gust state in­spec­tion, which re­ported that psy­chotropic med­i­ca­tions were given to pa­tients who should not have re­ceived them. A sub­se­quent in­spec­tion found that the hos­pi­tal failed to pro­vide a safe and san­i­tary en­vi­ron­ment to avoid pos­si­ble trans­mis­sion of in­fec­tious diseases. The hos­pi­tal agreed to a sys­tems im­prove­ment agree­ment with the CMS.

Mean­while, St. Joseph Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Hous­ton also won a re­prieve from loss of fed­eral fund­ing. The CMS an­nounced last month that it would ter­mi­nate fund­ing at 374-bed St. Joseph af­ter the fa­cil­ity was found in vi­o­la­tion of four pro­to­cols for Medi­care par­tic­i­pa­tion: gov­ern­ing body, pa­tient rights, nurs­ing ser­vices and in­fec­tion con­trol. The ci­ta­tions re­sulted af­ter a pa­tient this year was tased, shot and hand­cuffed by two hos­pi­tal se­cu­rity staff mem­bers who were also po­lice of­fi­cers.

The hos­pi­tal has en­tered into an agree­ment with the CMS so it will con­tinue to get funds through Jan. 15 un­til it, too, can se­cure a sys­tems im­prove­ment agree­ment.

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