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Parkland Hospital Preps for CMS Reassessment

Jacqueline Fellows, for HealthLeaders Media, December 5, 2012

Of the 499 recommendations in Parkland's CAP, the hospital has completed 454, or 91%. Among the accomplishments Laxton highlighted are new resources for Parkland's emergency department .  As recommended by Alvarez & Marsal, the hospital has added:

  • 4 triage rooms
  • 27 seats to its waiting room (18 reclining seats to be added by end of December 2012)
  • Physicians to staff main ED on weeknights


The hospital also just signed a contract with EmCare for an urgent care clinic that is estimated to decrease a patient's length of stay in the ED by 75 minutes, or 20%. Already, ED LOS is down 28 minutes. "We are eating away at long wait times," says Laxton.

Changes in the ED are also expected to have a positive effect on patient flow, which had been an area of concern. Other progress noted by Laxton included:

  • Revised nursing policies and procedures
  • Implementation of a patient relations dashboard to resolve grievances and complaints
  • Filled vacancies in nursing leadership
  • Executive rounding throughout the hospital
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1 comments on "Parkland Preps for CMS Reassessment"


Donald First (12/5/2012 at 10:29 AM)
The place is still a pig-sty, Literally Most toilets do not work properly, Heck most vending machines don't even work. A family memeber was waiting to be admitted and was upset with the wait, was told.If you don't like it leave!