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Central Regional Hospital cleared by federal surveyors

Release Date: March 27, 2009
Contact: Mark Van Sciver, 919-733-9190

BUTNER ­– Based on initial oral reports to staff, Central Regional Hospital is in total compliance with all conditions of participation in the federal Medicaid and Medicare programs.  DHHS Sec. Lanier Cansler notified Gov. Bev Perdue that the hospital meets all CMS conditions of participation in order to receive federal funds. CHR Director Mike Hennike added that the hospital will receive official notification by letter from CMS sometime within a 10-day to two-week time period.

“This was a comprehensive, three-day thorough survey, which found no deficiencies,” said Hennike.  “Sec. Cansler’s zero tolerance has been effective. I am proud of the work of this dedicated staff.”

According to Hennike, surveyors will recommend that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) lift its earlier finding against the hospital as a result of a three-day inspection that concluded today.

The hospital was placed under a notice of Immediate Jeopardy on March 5. 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. The hospital had been cited by CMS over an incident on Feb. 26, when a patient attempted unsuccessfully to commit suicide. Although CRH self-reported the incident to CMS and took immediate steps to institute staffing and policy changes to avoid a future occurrence, CMS officials elected to place the hospital on notice of the potential to discontinue participation in the Medicaid and Medicare program.

On Feb. 4, Sec. Cansler instituted 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 at all state-operated facilities.