Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center, Los Angeles, passed a crucial re-inspection, saving itself from a loss of $200 million in annual federal funding and forestalling possible closure. The 249-bed county-owned hospital failed a December 2004 CMS inspection of procedures used to restrain aggressive psychiatric patients. The re-inspection came three days before the CMS was set to pull King/Drew's Medicare and Medicaid funding, which accounts for more than half of the hospital's annual budget. King/Drew has been criticized over the past year for problems that contributed to several patient deaths. The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations recently revoked the hospital's accreditation, citing poorly trained staff, inconsistent patient care and other shortfalls. A consulting firm brought in to run King/Drew has made more than 1,000 recommendations to repair the hospital. -- by Laura B. Benko
King/Drew to keep federal funds after inspection
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