CMS terminates Illinois hospital's Medicare contract

CMS has ended its provider agreement with MetroSouth Medical Center in Blue Island, Ill.

The Medicare contract termination came after the 314-bed hospital suspended all services and discharged all patients. The Medicare program will not make payments to MetroSouth for services provided to patients on or after Sept. 27, according to a termination notice published on CMS' website.

Brentwood, Tenn.-based Quorum Health, which owns MetroSouth, announced in June that it filed an application with the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board to close the hospital, and employees were told in August that the hospital would close Sept. 30.

MetroSouth Medical Center's future remains uncertain after the review board postponed a decision on whether to approve the closure Sept. 17. Members of the review board decided to defer action after a lawsuit was filed Sept. 16 against Quorum.

Quorum said the loss of physician surgical coverage and growing understaffing forced the hospital to stop all services.

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