Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital in Los Angeles received word on June 25 that it passed a federal inspection following citations of poor care. The CMS had conducted a review of the corrections made by the hospital emergency department and found that immediate jeopardy conditions had been corrected, according to a statement released by the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. This is an important step on the hospitals path toward regaining full CMS certification, said Bruce Chernof, Los Angeles Countys health director, in a statement.
The hospital had been cited for providing poor care and media reports indicated that at least one patient may have died from neglect. King-Harbor on June 15 had submitted a plan of corrective action to the CMS to avoid losing its Medicare certification. The hospital learned June 25 that it had passed the inspection during an informal exit meeting conducted by CMS surveyors. However, it may not be out of the woods with all authorities. In a letter to Chernof last week, the California Department of Health Services wrote that it had begun the process of revoking the license for the hospital. We are developing the formal revocation accusation and will present it to the hospital by months end, the letter stated. -- by Jennifer Lubell