Government OKs Parkland plan to address hospital shortcomings

Parkland Memorial Hospital

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Government OKs Parkland plan to address hospital shortcomings

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Associated Press

Posted on August 23, 2011 at 9:49 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 23 at 9:51 PM

DALLAS (AP) — The federal government has accepted Parkland Memorial Hospital's plan to correct conditions found during an inspection, but officials must still visit the county hospital to make sure it is compliant.

In a letter dated Tuesday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services told Parkland the agency had accepted the hospital's correction plans and the Texas Department of State Health Services would be revisiting.

CMS took action after a July inspection found violations in areas including infection control and emergency care. The hospital faces losing its Medicare funding by September 2 if the hospital is not found to be compliant.

David Wright, deputy regional administrator for CMS, says hospitals must be Medicare-certified to get Medicaid funding, so terminating Medicare would also result in the loss of Medicaid.

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