CMS to terminate Texas hospital's Medicare contract over patient safety issues

CMS is cutting Medicare and Medicaid funding to Grand Prairie-based Texas General Hospital Oct. 18.

The funding cut announcement comes after CMS surveys found conditions that posed an immediate jeopardy to staff and patient safety.

The agency conducted surveys in May, June, August and September. The May inspection revealed an instance where the emergency room did not have a physician on duty in the ER, according to CMS documents shared with Becker's Hospital Review. During the August inspection, CMS found the facility could not provide radiology services because there were no radiology technicians on duty at the hospital.

The Medicare and Medicaid programs will not make payments for hospital services given to patients on or after Oct. 18. For patients admitted before Oct. 18, payment may be available for up to 30 days after the effective date of termination.

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