Deficiencies persist at Dallas hospital, funding jeopardized

Although the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) removed the "immediate jeopardy" status at Methodist Dallas Medical Center, the hospital still faces patient health and safety deficiencies that would end Medicare and Medicaid funding if not corrected, reports Dallas Business Journal. Following similar citations at Parkland Memorial Hospital, also in Dallas, Methodist in August faced CMS citations for 10 violations, including failing to screen and stabilize emergency room patients, improperly keeping patient records, and under-staffing the emergency room, among others. Last month, Methodist submitted a corrective action plan to CMS to help ensure its more than $200 million it receives in federal reimbursements each year. CMS will terminate Methodist Dallas's Medicare and Medicaid funding on Dec. 3 if the deficiencies are not remedied, according to the Dallas Business Journal article. Article