Mercy Medical Center St. Mary's in Knoxville, Tenn., will lose its Medicare funding on June 5 if patient safety is not improved.
Tenn. hospital gets Medicare termination notice
The decision by the CMS comes after an inspection by federal regulators of the hospital, part of Mercy Health Partners, which is part of negotiations to be sold by its parent, Catholic Health Partners, Cincinnati, to Health Management Associates, Naples, Fla. Termination of Medicare funding would affect seniors admitted for inpatient services at the 473-bed, two-campus hospital, which also includes Mercy Medical Center North, Powell, Tenn..
Mercy spokesman Craig Griffith told the Knoxville News Sentinel on Thursday that the hospital will do what it takes to keep its Medicare funding. Griffith said in a statement the hospital's top priority is "patient safety and providing outstanding health care to the Knoxville community."
CMS spokeswoman Lee Millman said the termination notice could be lifted if the hospital remedies the problems its inspectors found.
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