As investigation results loom, Mercy Springfield hopes to retain Medicare funding

Mercy Hospital Springfield continues to receive federal reimbursement for medical services, but the local health system and federal officials are still waiting on the results of a state agency’s investigation into hospital employees’ conduct.

A Nov. 5 deadline had been set for the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to determine whether Mercy has corrected issues posing “immediate jeopardy” to patient well-being, the News-Leader has reported. If not, Mercy Springfield faced the potential loss of Medicare payments.

termination notice remains up on the CMS website, but spokespeople with Mercy and CMS confirmed the local health system still has the necessary certification to receive federal funding, for now.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services — the local CMS survey agency — has been investigating to see whether Mercy has sufficiently changed its ways. A department spokeswoman said Thursday the investigation is ongoing.

It is unclear when the findings of the investigation will be released.

Read more: Springfield News-Leader

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