CMS terminates Missouri hospital's Medicare contract

CMS ended its provider agreement with I-70 Community Hospital in Sweet Springs, Mo., on March 7.

The critical access hospital is not in compliance with provisions of the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act, and the deficiencies "constitute an immediate threat to patient health and safety," according to the Medicare termination notice.

The Medicare termination comes after I-70 Community Hospital, owned by Kansas City, Mo.-based EmpowerHMS, voluntarily suspended its license for 90 days on Feb. 15.

I-70 Community Hospital is one of several hospitals owned by EmpowerHMS that has reported financial and operating challenges in recent months. In January, the Arkansas Democrat Gazette reported that EmpowerHMS owes roughly $1.8 million in real estate and property taxes for hospitals it operates across seven states. I-70 Community Hospital is two years behind on property taxes and owes roughly $370,000, according to The Kansas City Star

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