A Missouri hospital is appealing a denial of accreditation by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations over what the hospital's administrator said were paperwork problems.
Nevada (Mo.) Regional Medical Center was slapped with the so-called "adverse decision" after a commission accreditation committee meeting on March 4. JCAHO made the decision public last week.
A Worcester, Mass., mental healthcare facility, Seven Hills Secure Treatment Center, also received an adverse decision at the accreditation session.
Louis Gordon, administrator of 87-bed Nevada Regional, said the accreditation was denied over violations of documentation procedures on patient care. He said the hospital had whittled down a list of violations found during an October 1993 survey and was reorienting its operations to meet standards of the JCAHO's new interdepartmental approach for 1994.
"Now that we know what our deficiencies are, we could pass the inspection with flying colors today," he said.
He added that the hospital will hire a full-time quality-assurance worker to oversee documentation and procedures necessary for accreditation.
An appeal is set for June 1 at the JCAHO's Oakbrook Terrace, Ill., headquarters, Mr. Gordon said. The hospital remains accredited during the appeals process.
Also at the March 4 commission meeting, two hospitals received conditional accreditation. They are 85-bed Lutheran Community Hospital in Norfolk, Neb., and 136-bed Conway (S.C.) Hospital. A third hospital, 28-bed Nature Coast Regional Hospital in Williston, Fla., received conditional accreditation as a result of staff decisions made between Jan. 4 and Feb. 11.
Those staff reviews also resulted in conditional accreditation for three home healthcare agencies and a mental healthcare facility.
Conditionally accredited organizations remain on probation while they formulate a plan of correction and are surveyed again, typically in six months, after which they are either granted or denied accreditation.