The CMS will give Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital in Los Angeles 23 days to clean up its act or lose Medicare certification.
Michael Wilson, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, said the clock likely will start ticking June 11 when a written report is expected to be delivered based on inspections of teams from the CMS and the California State Department of Health Services that concluded their work at the hospital June 7.
We did have a verbal exit review at the hospital yesterday, Wilson said. Until we have a written summary of that meeting, its somewhat premature to talk about specifics.
According to a Los Angeles Times account, a female patient last month writhed in pain on the floor of the emergency room lobby for 45 minutes. The woman later died.
In a written statement Thursday attributed to Bruce Chernof, director and chief medical officer of the L.A. County Department of Health Services, the inspection team focused on ER activities. The regulators identified a number of serious issues leading to a finding of immediate jeopardy, Chernof said. While this is a serious and troubling finding, CMS and state officials have provided the hospital guidance and the opportunity to submit a plan of correction, which demonstrates changes and improvements so that the hospital meets national standards within the next 23 days. -- by Joseph Conn