Greater Southeast Community Hospital, Washington, took a step toward regaining accreditation from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, four months after losing the vital stamp of approval. A JCAHO survey team made a recommendation for reaccrediting the hospital, but a final decision is at least 30 days away, JCAHO said. The Washington hospital had been facing possible closure after JCAHO, Oakbrook Terrace, Ill., revoked its accreditation in August, jeopardizing the hospital's payments from Medicare, Medicaid, other federal healthcare programs and private insurers. The 303-bed hospital also had been threatened with having its operating license revoked by District of Columbia health officials. In November, district officials allowed it to keep its license but at a lessened capacity. Earlier this week, two executives who ran its former parent company, Doctors Community Health Care, Scottsdale, Ariz., made a successful bid during an auction to buy Greater Southeast and three other facilities for $151 million. The deal must be approved by a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge in Washington. -- by Tony Fong
Greater Southeast may win JCAHO reprieve
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