Universal Health Services, King of Prussia, Pa., said it has reached an agreement with the California public health department that maintains the licenses for the two hospitals operated by the company's Southwest Healthcare System, Wildomar, Calif.
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Both the CMS and the state health department have been investigating quality concerns at the two hospitals. Universal staved off exclusion from government programs by the CMS by reaching an agreement in May for correcting the problems and passing a full certification inspection scheduled for mid-2011.
Southwest consists of Rancho Springs Medical Center, a 51-bed hospital in Murrieta, and Inland Valley Medical Center, an 80-bed hospital in Wildomar.
The agreement with the state health department is substantially similar, according to Universal. The department initiated proceedings earlier this year to revoke the two hospitals' licenses. Southwest appealed that decision, delaying the process. The department has agreed to consider the licenses to be in good standing if the hospitals pass the certification inspection.
The state health department also fined Southwest $225,000 in April.
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