Greenville Memorial Hospital to retain CMS contract after correction plan

Greenville (S.C.) Health System officials announced Thursday that CMS will not terminate its contract with Greenville Memorial Hospital after a follow-up survey showed the hospital implemented changes to improve its emergency department, according to WSPA.

Greenville Memorial Hospital was at risk of losing its contract with CMS after a survey found the hospital was not in compliance with some Medicare requirements. The survey was conducted after a patient who was strapped to a gurney died of traumatic asphyxiation. CMS told the hospital it would lose its Medicare funding April 16 unless the deficiencies were corrected.

The hospital submitted an action plan to CMS that included several improvements to its ED, including increasing staffing, providing more intensive training and improving clinical documentation processes around patient care.

On Thursday, Greenville Health System spokesperson Sandy Dees told WSPA the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control conducted a follow-up on-site survey. After verifying the hospital had implemented its correction plan, the surveyors told health system leaders the notice of termination issued to Greenville Memorial had been lifted.

"Although we await CMS' full written report, it gives us great pleasure to share with our patients and community that Greenville Memorial's provider status with CMS remains in full effect without any interruption of services," Ms. Dees told WSPA.

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