Putting patients in rooms with others whose diseases could endanger them is among problems that could cost a charity hospital in Baton Rouge, La., the Medicare and Medicaid money it needs to stay open, a local newspaper reported today.
The shortcomings at 134-bed Earl K. Long Medical Centerincluding problems providing care in a safe settingtake up more than 100 pages of documents released Thursday after a public records request, the Advocate reported. For instance, the paper said, two patients with low immunity because of cancer and one with an open wound from surgery were exposed to hepatitis C when a patient with that disease was put into their room.
The hospitals acting chief executive officer, Kathy Viator, said federal officials have approved a correction plan, and the hospital is fixing the problems. We expect to do very well when inspectors return in three to six weeks, she said.
The CMS put the hospital on notice May 14, and it must fix its problems by July 25, according to a letter released to the newspaper.
Attached to the letter were 111 pages describing the various deficiencies found in eight areas, including safe care. Other areas included inadequate nursing services; doctors taking too long to update patient files; failure to make sure those records stayed private; and poor procedures to deal with patient complaints. -- by the Associated Press