CMS threatens to terminate HCA hospital’s Medicare contract

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CMS threatens to terminate HCA hospital's Medicare contract

Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose, Calif., will lose its Medicare contract in October unless it corrects deficiencies outlined in a 65-page report, according to NBC Bay Area, citing the CMS report that is not yet publicly available.

A June survey of Good Samaritan Hospital, part of Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Healthcare, found the facility was not in compliance with Medicare rules, according to a July 12 notice of termination letter CMS sent the hospital. The deficiencies uncovered during the survey included “serious, systemic, and recurring issues” that put several patients “at risk for adverse events,” according to the report obtained by NBC Bay Area.

The report documented leadership failures at the hospital and noted that nurse-to-patient staffing ratios were not in compliance with state mandates several times earlier this year. Understaffing led nurses to make mistakes, including at least four instances where medications were not given to ICU patients according to physician orders, the report said.

Read the full article at Becker’s Hospital CFO Report