Feds Report "Serious" and "Critical" Deficiencies at Saint Louise Hospital

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Saint Louise Regional Hospital in Gilroy, Calif., has had its Medicare deemed status revoked after a federal survey revealed the hospital's noncompliance to a dozen quality standards, according to a Gilroy Dispatch report.

The federal investigation by CMS took place last December and January. The survey was sparked after a patient's family complained a contracted dialysis nurse was talking on a cell phone while performing patient care duties.

 

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The federal investigation of the hospital revealed 12 areas of noncompliance, including lack of oversight of water testing procedures during hemodialysis; failure to ensure competency by dialysis employees; failure to ensure staff received key vaccinations and testing and more.

While the hospital's Medicare deemed status has been revoked, the hospital may continue to accept Medicare patients and receive federal funding. However, its status will not be reinstated until a corrective action plan has been accepted by federal regulators and Saint Louise Regional successfully demonstrates compliance to all federal standards during a follow-up survey.

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