Kansas hospital to lose Medicare funding over EMTALA violation

Newman Regional Health, a critical access hospital in Emporia, Kan., will lose its Medicare funding April 5, according to The Emporia Gazette.

Julie Brookhart, public affairs specialist for CMS' Kansas City Regional Office, told The Emporia Gazette that CMS discovered Jan. 5 Newman Regional had violated the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act.

Regarding the violation, Ms. Brookhart said, "The critical access hospital failed to arrange an appropriate transfer for a patient with an emergency medical condition that was not stable."

Newman Regional was placed on the 90-day Medicare termination track as a result of the EMTALA violation, and the hospital subsequently submitted an action plan to address the issue.

If CMS determines the hospital is fully compliant with Medicare regulations before its April 5 termination date, the hospital may be permitted to continue billing for Medicare services, according to the report.

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