Immediate Jeopardy for PA Medical Center
Saint Catherine's problems stem from a complaint survey conducted in March on behalf of CMS by the state Department of Public Health. The reason for the survey is unknown, but a complaint survey can originate from several sources, including patients or their families.
Although the survey has not yet been publically released, according to the CMS letter, the deficiencies fall into five broad categories: radiologic services, physical environment, surgical services, compliance with laws, and governing body.
Surgical Services Supplies Lacking
A March 23 letter to Knapp from the state department of health provides some additional insight into the deficiencies. It mentions that the facility lacks the "proper equipment and supplies" to provide surgical services.
"Until you can provide the department with evidence that the operating room equipment has been properly inspected, there is sufficient equipment, and there are adequate supplies, the ban on admissions also applies to your surgical services department."
- Primary Care Docs Average More Hospital Revenue Than Specialists
- 69% of Employers Plan to Offer Healthcare Coverage After 2014
- How Chargemaster Data May Affect Hospital Revenue
- Building a Better Healthcare Board
- Q&A: Catholic Health Initiatives' New Senior VP for Capital Finance
- ED Physicians Key to Half of Hospital Admissions
- Hospital Pricing Irks Nurses; More Jobs, Less Pay
- Insurer's App Aims to Lower Healthcare Costs, Securely
- CMS Seeks to 'Rapidly Reduce' Medicare Spending with $1B in Grants
- Quiet ORs Better for Patient Safety