Detroit Medical Center has received confirmation that it is in full compliance with infection-control regulations from the CMS.
Last week, sources told Crain's that CMS had told DMC it was in 100% compliance with the federal government's conditions of participation in Medicare. A surprise inspection by the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, which was approved by CMS, cleared DMC from possible expulsion from the Medicare program, which could have cost the hospital system hundreds of millions in federal and state funds.
Prompted by a six-month investigation and Aug. 26 report by The Detroit News, the inspection found a variety of problems at DMC's downtown sterile-processing department that serves four hospitals: Detroit Receiving, Harper University, Hutzel Women's and Children's hospitals.
The letter from CMS said: "The revisit has determined that corrective action has been taken and that your hospital is again in compliance with the law and the regulations at 42 C.F.R. §489.20 and §489.24.
In a statement from DMC, the Detroit-based hospital system said it is "pleased" with the decision.