The CMS notified Southwest Healthcare System, Murrieta, Calif., that its two hospitals are back in compliance with Medicare's conditions of participation after passing a CMS inspection, according to a news release from Southwest's parent company, Universal Healthcare Services, King of Prussia, Pa.
Two Calif. hospitals pass CMS inspection
Passing last week's inspection, which was a follow-up to a July inspection that was part of a deal that Southwest and Universal reached with the CMS in May 2010 ends a regulatory process that began in 2009. Universal hired two outside monitors to ensure compliance with the conditions of participation after inspectors made their initial report, but in April 2010, the company acknowledged that the monitors' reports either misled the company or the company misinterpreted those reports.
The inspections in July and last week also were part of Southwest's agreement with California regulators regarding the licenses for Southwest's two hospitals. Universal and Southwest reached an agreement with state regulators in September 2010.
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