According to the contract, Alvarez & Martin will commit a team of 19 medical experts to the Parkland job. Under the terms of the 30-page agreement, A&M will:
- Analyze Parkland's operations compared to industry accepted standards and by Feb. 1 provide to CMS a report that outlines the areas of improvement required for Parkland to come into compliance with all Medicare conditions of participation as well as the federal Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act or EMTALA.
- Write a detailed plan outlining the specific actions Parkland must take to return to full compliance.
- Review Parkland's existing quality assessment and performance improvement program and develop by March 1 a plan that details any needed modifications and improvements to the program.
- Provide a full-time, independent, on-site compliance officer for oversight and coordination of Parkland's efforts to return to compliance.
All plans developed by Alvarez & Martin are subject to CMS approval. Within one year of plan approval CMS will conduct a follow up survey to confirm that Parkland is in compliance for the Medicare program.
Margaret Dick Tocknell is a reporter/editor with HealthLeaders Media.