Missouri hospital at risk of losing Medicare funding

CMS is threatening to cut off Medicare and Medicaid funding to Mercy Hospital Springfield (Mo.) Sept. 22, unless it resolves patient safety issues, according to the News Leader.


Mercy Hospital Springfield was placed on immediate jeopardy status following an Aug. 25 investigation by the Missouri Department of Health. The investigation revealed patient rights and nursing services were not in compliance with federal standards. No further details were released, according to the report.

Mercy Hospital Springfield has five days to submit a plan of correction to CMS.

The threat of revoking the CMS contract became public a day after the hospital fired 12 employees for allegedly mistreating patients.

"As Mercy co-workers, we are called to treat every individual with dignity and respect even in difficult situations that may pose physical risks for ourselves. The actions we have taken, and the new level of training we are implementing, are critical to ensuring that our co-workers have the education and support necessary to ensure the safety and wellbeing of everyone," Brent Hubbard, COO of Mercy Hospital Springfield told Becker's Hospital Review.

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