Parkland Hospital Preps for CMS Reassessment

Jacqueline Fellows, December 5, 2012

Parkland Hospital in Dallas is making significant enough progress on its federally mandated improvements to quality and safety that it is preparing for two mock surveys, in advance of its next inspection by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. 

The mock surveys will serve as practice for CMS's actual survey, which it will conduct to determine whether the safety net hospital is eligible to continue receiving Medicare and Medicaid funding.

That announcement at Parkland's board of managers meeting Tuesday is one of several benchmarks Ron Laxton, RN, chief implementation officer and interim chief operations officer, pointed to as proof that Parkland is moving forward under the hospital's Corrective Action Plan . The board is briefed on developments monthly.

"This is a different organization than when I walked in March," Laxton told board members at the end of his 30-minute presentation. "Are we doing everything right? Not yet. Are we working towards our goal? Absolutely."

October's corrective action plan progress report
The consulting firm Alvarez & Marsal developed Parkland's CAP and is overseeing its implementation. Peter Urbanowicz, who heads the firm's healthcare compliance arm, was also at Tuesday's board meeting to brief members on Parkland's steps forward. He called the hospital a "very changed organization," from when his firm was hired in 2011 to develop the CAP.

"We're very impressed with progress; [there is] lots of work still to do, but where we are today versus where we were when we came in ... is markedly improved," says Urbanowicz.

Jacqueline Fellows

Jacqueline Fellows is a contributing writer at HealthLeaders Media.


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