Johns Hopkins All Children's submits corrective plan to CMS amid safety lapse probe

St. Petersburg, Fla.-based Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital submitted a corrective action plan after a Tampa Bay Times investigation found safety lapses in the hospital's heart surgery program, CBS-affiliate TV station WTSP reports.

The hospital's plan was turned in Feb. 10, just before the deadline. The corrective action includes governance shake-ups, new physician credentialing measures and changes to quality improvement planning and infection control. 

In January, the Johns Hopkins Medicine Board of Trustees appointed a former federal prosecutor to lead its investigation into patient safety issues at the hospital.

Several patient safety issues, including quality and infection control problems, were found during a January visit by state and federal inspectors.

The CEO and two other hospital executives resigned amid the investigation and CMS threatened to cut Medicare funding if the hospital did not correct the safety issues by Feb. 23.

"The safety of our patients is our top priority," a spokesperson for Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins Medicine told WTSP. "We are confident in the work we are doing to ensure that our hospital continues to meet the highest standards of care."

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