Baylor University Medical Center could lose millions in federal funding

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services warned Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas that it must quickly correct deficiencies that put patients' health and safety in immediate jeopardy, or it will lose millions of dollars in federal funding, according to the Dallas Morning News. The warning follows an inspection report of several instances where psychiatric patients walked out of the emergency department before they finished treatment. Medicare accounts for about $300 million of Baylor University Medical Center's $1 billion in total revenue, the publication reports. The hospital must send a plan of correction to the Texas Department of State Health Services by Monday and implement remedies by Oct. 22. If the hospital isn't in compliance during a follow-up inspection at the end of the month, Medicare will terminate it from the program. Article

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