Maine hospital's Medicare contract at risk over medical error

CMS has identified deficiencies at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston that could cause the hospital to lose Medicare funding, according to the Sun Journal.

Federal inspectors first visited the hospital in January and discovered several deficiencies related to a nursing error that left a patient paralyzed in October 2018. CMS revisited the facility in March and April and found additional problems, including failure to ensure accurate medical records.

The agency originally gave CMMC until May 4 to correct these issues, but last week extended this deadline to June 30.

Hospital leaders said they are working closely with CMS to address these issues.

"We take every patient complaint — and all feedback — very seriously. While some complaints were found to be unsubstantiated, CMS identified areas for improvement," CMMC said in a statement to the Sun Journal. "We expect the surveyors will be back next month to validate that CMMC has implemented those improvements, and we fully expect CMS to confirm our compliance."

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