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Parkland may lose Medicare eligibility

By Jaimy Lee
Posted: August 11, 2011 - 2:15 pm ET

Parkland Health & Hospital System in Dallas could be terminated from the Medicare and Medicaid programs in September after a CMS survey “immediate and serious” threats to patient health and safety.

Dr. Ron Anderson, Parkland's president and CEO, said in a statement that the 672-bed hospital is drafting a formal corrective action plan, which will be made available to the public on its website. “We acknowledge the seriousness of this notification,” Anderson wrote.

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Once the plan is submitted to the CMS, the agency will make a second survey to determine whether the plan will meet all of inspectors' concerns.

“Some problems were already known to us,” Anderson said in the statement. “We understand them and have already been working on them. We have a 57-year-old facility that must deliver 21st century medicine. We know there are places that are not as private as we would like. But to serve as many people as we do is incredibly important because for so many, there is no other option.”

The hospital's noncompliance includes requirements for nursing services, infection control and medical screening examinations, according to the Aug. 9 letter the CMS sent to Parkland. The hospital is noncompliant with nine requirements in total.

The CMS requires the corrective plan to be submitted by Aug. 20. The termination date for Parkland's participation in the Medicare program is Sept. 2. The eight-day survey was conducted in July.

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