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Methodist Dallas Corrective Action Plan Accepted

Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, September 12, 2011

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced on Friday that it has accepted the corrective action plan submitted by Methodist Dallas Medical Center to address “immediate jeopardy” deficiencies

identified during an August review of the facility.

The 515-bed medical center is part of the five-hospital Methodist Health System. Methodist Dallas could lose as much as $208 million in federal funding if the problems aren’t resolved.

Problems with infection control and emergency room care were the most serious deficiencies identified in the 128-page review. The initial review and the CAP were released by CMS via e-mail on Friday.

Among the deficiencies identified:
  • Lack of ER screening by a qualified medical professional
  • Failure to dispose of soiled gloves and wash hands after treating patients
  • Failure to maintain adequate medical records for every patient
  • Failure to administer the correct medications

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