OakBend Medical Center, Richmond, Texas, said the CMS decided to award it a full Medicare inpatient update for fiscal 2009 after initially denying the funds because of problems with its quality data.
OakBend, like more than 60 other hospitals, was told by the CMS that it would not receive 2% of its inpatient Medicare reimbursement because of the problems with the data. A story in Modern Healthcares Jan. 26 issue estimated that 127-bed OakBend would have lost about $332,350, while all the hospitals initially denied a full update together would lose out on an estimated $5 million.
Medicare sent a letter to OakBend saying it had overturned its earlier decision, according to Jody Jones, chief operating officer at OakBend. Because the quality data reporting problem was related to a vendor transition attempt, the hospital was not held liable, she said.