Dallas Business Journal, September 7, 2011

The chairwoman of the board that oversees Parkland Memorial Hospital said Tuesday that she remains hopeful the facility will retain its ability to receive government healthcare reimbursements, but she offered no assurances. The Dallas County hospital's Board of Managers met in executive session Tuesday evening for a briefing about a follow-up inspection by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. No official action was taken. "I'm hoping and I'm optimistic that (Parkland will pass the re-inspection)," Lauren McDonald, MD, chairwoman of the Parkland Board of Managers, said after the two-hour closed-door session. "But I'm not putting all my eggs in one basket." Jay Shannon, MD, CMO, said hospital administrators expect a report from CMS by Sept. 15. The hospital's Medicare and Medicaid funding could be cut off effective Sept. 30 if the hospital has not remedied problems found in an earlier inspection.
Ben Amirault Ben Amirault is an Editorial Assistant for the revenue cycle division of HCPro. He manages the Compliance Monitor e-newsletter and has developed a number of online learning modules. He can be reached at bamirault@hcpro.com..
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