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Probe threatens Ohio hospital’s Medicare license

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Miami Valley Hospital.

The Dayton Daily News reported that Miami Valley Hospital, in Ohio, “is in jeopardy of losing Medicare funding after an investigation found nursing staff failed to respond to a patient’s heart monitor alarm and deployed malfunctioning equipment that delayed the patient’s treatment during cardiac arrest.”

“The unnamed patient, who was emaciated and whose medical history included a stroke and myocardial infarction, ultimately died after after being admitted to the hospital’s oncology/medical surgical unit.”

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services  said the hospital “failed to evaluate nursing care related to the circumstances surrounding the death” and that deficient practices “had the potential to affect all patients receiving care in the hospital.”

“CMS officials said the Dayton-based hospital’s Medicare contract and reimbursement for patients will be terminated on Oct. 3 unless the hospital submits a ‘plan of correction’ to return to compliance,” the paper said.

“We have submitted the plan, but until CMS accepts that plan we are unable to give you any detail about it. We have submitted explanations and details that are relevant to the issues,” a hospital spokesperson said.

“Because of the work that we’ve done in addressing the concerns that they (CMS) had, we do not believe there will be any interruption in service. We’ve not had a notice like this before.”




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