New York hospital mishandled complaints about physician, CMS finds

An August CMS inspection found Auburn (N.Y.) Community Hospital did not take appropriate action regarding a physician accused of engaging in inappropriate and dangerous behavior, according to Auburnpub.com.

Conducted by the state's health department on behalf of CMS, the inspection found several deficiencies in how the hospital handled 33 incident reports about the unnamed physician.

A federal statement of deficiencies and plan of correction, first reported by Syracuse.com, describes incidents in which hospital staff said a physician violated care guidelines during emergencies, improperly managed patients on ventilators and refused to follow protocol. The incident reports were filed between October 2017 and July 2018.

The deficiencies have since been corrected, as required by CMS, according to the inspection report and a statement from the hospital.

A hospital spokesperson did not tell Auburnpub.com whether the physician was still employed at the hospital.

"Auburn Community Hospital leadership takes these matters very seriously and responded to the state concerns in a comprehensive and expeditious fashion. Further questions regarding personnel matters will not be discussed publicly," a news release from the hospital stated.

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