Michigan hospital set to lose Medicare status over patient suicide

CMS has warned St. John River District Hospital in East China Township, Mich., that it will lose its Medicare funding May 7 unless corrections are made at the hospital, according to The Times Herald.

In an April 14 letter to St. John River District, CMS said it had discovered serious deficiencies at the hospital that "constitute an immediate threat to patient health and safety," according to the report.

In an attachment to the letter, CMS said St. John River District had failed to properly monitor a suicidal patient and follow procedures and policies for suicide prevention. According to CMS, a 36-year-old woman who had been admitted to St. John River District for suicidal thoughts committed suicide at the hospital Jan. 8.

St. John River District spokesman Brian Taylor told The Times Herald that the hospital submitted a corrective action plan to CMS.

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