Mercy Hospital Springfield removed from ‘immediate jeopardy’ status

A federal agency has removed Mercy Hospital Springfield from “immediate jeopardy” status, according to a news release from the hospital.

Mercy risked losing funding if it did not correct deficiencies, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

A spokeswoman from CMS said that Mercy remains out of compliance on a couple of requirements that hospitals must meet to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

The facility will be revisited in October to determine if those factors have been corrected, she said.

Earlier this month, Mercy reported the firing of 12 employees after identifying concerns with their behavior. CMS said 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.

CMS had told Mercy it would terminate the agreement that allows Mercy to be paid by Medicare if no changes were made by late September.

Read more: Springfield News-Leader, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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