Detroit hospital avoids Medicare funding cutoff

Detroit Medical Center's Harper University Hospital is no longer at risk of losing its Medicare contract, according to The Detroit News.

CMS told the hospital in January that it would be terminated from the Medicare program April 15 unless infection control issues were corrected. State officials inspected the hospital in December and found flying insects in its intensive care unit and lapses in sterile processing of surgical instruments.

Inspectors conducted a follow-up visit to the hospital on April 3 and determined it was back in compliance with Medicare standards, according to the report.

"The revisit survey revealed that your hospital is now in compliance with the Conditions of Participation," CMS said in an April 10 letter to the hospital, according to The Detroit News. "Therefore, we are rescinding our decision to terminate your participation in the Medicare program."

DMC officials were pleased with the outcome of the follow-up inspection.

"We are pleased to have demonstrated to the surveyors that our actions were effective, and we remain committed to continuous quality improvement across the DMC and to maintaining the confidence of our community," a hospital spokesperson told The Detroit News.

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