HCFA has delayed releasing the full report on problems at two Kaiser Foundation hospitals in Northern California while Kaiser rewrites its response to deficiencies found in a validation survey.
The hospitals, Kaiser Richmond (Calif.) Medical Center and Kaiser Oakland (Calif.) Medical Center, were under investigation for the deaths of several patients who had sought emergency care.
Kaiser did address deficiencies that presented an immediate danger to patients, said Janice Caldwell of HCFA's San Francisco office, so they're still allowed to admit Medicare recipients. "They did clear up the emergency room, which was the main thing they should have concentrated on," she said. "But the response to the other deficiencies was not adequate and we told them we can't approve (the action plan) until they work on that some more."
HCFA had expected Kaiser's plan to be approved by May 16, at which point the full 100-page report would be made public. Kaiser spokesman Lynne Tan said, "We've been given 60 days to complete the rest of it." The report is now due in early July.