Missouri hospital retains Medicare contract after investigation into colonoscopy death

Harrisonville, Mo.-based Cass Regional Medical Center is no longer at risk of losing its Medicare contract, according to The Kansas City Star.

CMS placed the hospital on "immediate jeopardy" in January after an 83-year-old patient died following a routine colonoscopy in August 2018. State officials investigated Cass Regional in November 2018 and found staff members did not respond properly when the patient showed signs of distress after the colonoscopy.

CMS inspectors conducted a follow-up visit to the hospital in February and lifted its "immediate jeopardy" status, CMS spokesperson Julie Brookhart told The Kansas City Star.

However, inspectors also found several infection control and hand hygiene issues at the hospital during the follow-up inspection. Cass Regional CEO Christopher Lang said the hospital submitted a plan of correction to address these issues March 11.

"This plan has been accepted and Cass Regional has been informed that all deficiencies noted in the February survey are correct and that Cass Regional is currently and again in compliance," Mr. Lang said in an emailed statement to The Kansas City Star.

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