Wisconsin hospital's Medicare contract at risk after CMS discovers new deficiencies

UnityPoint Health-Meriter in Madison, Wis., has until June 24 to comply with Medicare rules after additional violations were revealed in a follow-up inspection, according to WMTV.

Here are five things to know.

1. Due to patient safety issues involving unexplained injuries to patients in the hospital's newborn intensive care unit, UnityPoint Health-Meriter's Medicare billing privileges were set to be terminated March 18. However, CMS extended the termination date by more than two months after the hospital made progress toward full compliance with Medicare rules.

2. The hospital's compliance deadline was extended to June 24 after additional violations were found at the facility, according to a May 16 letter from CMS to the hospital. In the letter, CMS said the new deficiencies "limit the capacity of your hospital to render adequate care and ensure the health and safety of your patients," according to WISC-TV

3. The 30 new deficiencies were discovered during a follow-up survey in March. They include building code violations, patient documentation errors and issues with injury prevention, according to WISC-TV.

4. A follow-up site visit was conducted May 10. At that time, the hospital had completed a plan of correction and only a few building code violations remain.

5. "We are currently working with CMS and are confident that all action plans will be satisfactorily implemented," UnityPoint Health-Meriter said in a statement to WMTV. "Through all of this, we remain keenly focused on nurturing and protecting the health of all our patients and delivering the high-quality care we have provided to our community for the last 120 years."

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