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Central Regional Hospital submits plan to preserve federal funding

Release Date: February 13, 2009
Contact: Mark Van Sciver, 919-733-9190

RALEIGH — The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has submitted a plan of correction to federal authorities to maintain its participation in the Medicare and Medicaid programs at Central Regional Hospital (CRH) in Butner.

CRH has until Feb. 20 to meet requirements for receiving federal money under the Medicare and Medicaid program.  The hospital was notified today that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has placed the hospital under a notice of Immediate Jeopardy and termination from the Medicare and Medicaid program unless CRH submits an accepted plan of correction and passes a re-inspection by CMS before the Feb. 20 deadline.

According to CRH Hospital Director Mike Hennike, staff has completed its plan of correction and submitted it to CMS today.

The hospital was cited after CMS inspectors conducted a complaint investigation on Feb. 6 involving an unreported staff assault against a patient. Immediate Jeopardy is a term used by CMS to indicate that a problem exists at a facility that CMS feels compromises the health or safety of patients. On Feb. 1, a patient was assaulted by a health care technician at the CRH Raleigh campus. This incident was not reported to hospital administrators until an anonymous complaint was received by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) inspectors. One employee has been terminated and other appropriate disciplinary actions will be taken as the investigation continues.

Two days prior to the CMS inspection, DHHS Secretary Lanier Cansler notified all state-operated facilities of a Zero Tolerance Policy  regarding the abuse and/or neglect of patients as well as failure to notify the facility’s administration in the event of any knowledge of any incidents.

“Although the vast majority of employees in the state facilities are caring and conscientious, every employee must understand that they are going to be held strictly accountable not only for their employment but to the fullest extent of the law if they knowingly abuse, neglect, or by omission allow the abuse or neglect of a patient and not report it,” Cansler said.



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