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Brookwood Medical Center given 60 days to address Medicare concerns

Brookwood Medical Center (abc3340.com)

Brookwood Baptist Medical Center in Homewood continues to receive funding from the federal government’s Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

But, how long will that funding last?

“We have reached terms with Brookwood Baptist Medical Center that allows them to work to come into compliance within the next 60 days,” said CMS Public Affairs Specialist April Washington in a statement. “The immediate jeopardies have been abated at this time, but the hospital remains in noncompliance status and must work to correct the deficiencies cited to protect the health and safety of the facility’s patients.”

“We will continue to fully participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs without interruption,” said Brookwood CEO Keith Parrott in a statement released late Thursday night. “There is more work ahead, and we will be resurveyed in the future, but we are no longer in immediate jeopardy status.”

The bottom line: There will be a re-survey at the end of 60 days. We’ll see what happens after that.

Here’s why the federal government originally threatened to pull the plug on Medicare and Medicaid funding for Brookwood:

  • Three patients died over a six-month period.
  • A fourth patient nearly died.

Other issues were detailed in CMS’ report. Here are just two highlights:

  • A staff member told a patient that responding in four hours was “good.”
  • Another patient was left to lie in her own waste for quite some time.

Medicare says all of this was the result of Brookwood staff not following proper procedures.

We’ll stay on top of this story.

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