Skagit Regional CEO resigns amid possible loss of Medicare contract

The president and CEO of Mount Vernon, Wash.-based Skagit Regional Health has stepped down amid an inquiry that could leave Skagit Valley Hospital without Medicare funding.

Gregg Davidson announced his resignation as president and CEO Friday, after 37 years with Skagit. He joined the Skagit Valley Hospital accounting department in 1979, became superintendent of the hospital in 2003 and CEO in 2004. He has served as CEO of Skagit Regional Health since its creation in 2010, according to the Puget Sound Business Journal.

Mr. Davidson will stay with the system through December, but has relinquished his duties to Mike Liepman, executive vice president and COO.

Mr. Davidson's resignation comes after CMS identified deficiencies at Skagit Valley Hospital that could cause the hospital to lose Medicare funding.

An inspection performed in May revealed the hospital's patient grievance process and other documenting procedures were not in compliance with Medicare requirements. The inspection also revealed deficiencies related to the hospital's emergency room triage process.

With the help of an outside consultant, Skagit Regional created an action plan to address the deficiencies and submitted it to CMS July 15. Hospital officials are awaiting a follow-up inspection.

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