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CMS: Investigation found ‘immediate jeopardy’ to Mercy patients; facility faces Sept. 22 deadline

A federal agency told Mercy Hospital Springfield that it will terminate the agreement that allows the facility to be paid by Medicare on Sept. 22 if changes are not made.

A spokeswoman for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said Friday that a “complaint investigation” conducted by a state agency “resulted in a determination of Immediate Jeopardy to the health and safety of patients” at the hospital.

The spokeswoman said the “regulatory requirements that constituted Immediate Jeopardy were Patient Rights and Nursing Services.” She said the investigation was conducted on Aug. 25.

Mercy has five calendar days to submit an acceptable “Plan of Correction” but has yet to do so. It’s unclear when that period ends.

Mercy disclosed Thursday that it recently fired 12 employees for patient care that was not up to its standards. A Mercy spokeswoman confirmed Friday that the action was related to the deficiencies cited by CMS.

Read more: Springfield News-Leader

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