City of Angels Medical Center, Los Angeles, lost its accreditation from the Joint Commission on Accreditation for Healthcare Organizations because of laboratory-related quality problems. A City of Angels spokesman said the hospital was outsourcing lab services at the time of the JCAHO inspection in 2004 but had since brought lab services back in-house and resolved the alleged problems. Spokesman Roger Gillot said the hospital anticipated passing an upcoming inspection by the CMS and the California Department of Health Services. Kurt Patton, executive director for accreditation services at the JCAHO, said failure to meet lab standards can trigger loss of accreditation because labs are considered an essential service. If City of Angels does not pass the CMS inspection, it could lose eligibility for Medicare and Medicaid funding. -- by Joseph Conn
L.A. hospital loses JCAHO accreditation over lab
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