BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A Jefferson County hospital is no longer in "immediate jeopardy" of losing its Medicare and Medicaid programs. The hospital was determined to be in noncompliance of federal regulations on Wednesday.
Brookwood Baptist first came under scrutiny by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) after a psychiatric patient died in April. That patient suffered a heart attack after being restrained. Federal CMS regulators gave the hospital an August 9th deadline to resolve its patient care issues before the termination of Medicare and Medicaid payments.
After conducting a follow-up survey on Wednesday, CMS regulators accepted the hospital's action plan, allowing for Medicare and Medicaid programs to continue.
"There is more work ahead, and we will be resurveyed in the future, but we are no longer in immediate jeopardy status. I am proud that our team was able to successfully make the organizational and procedural changes required. Going forward, we will continue to work with our governing agencies, including CMS and the Alabama Department of Public Health, to demonstrate our unwavering commitment to patient safety and implementation of our corrective actions. Brookwood Baptist Medical Center takes patient safety very seriously and remains fully committed to providing the quality of care our community expects." Brookwood Baptist Medical Center CEO Keith Parrott said in press release Thursday night.