Medicare program at Brookwood Baptist Medical Center remains at risk of being terminated

Full report on Brookwood issues

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Brookwood Baptist Medical Center remains at risk of no longer being a Medicare/Medicaid provider.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services sent a public notice to Brookwood on Thursday informing Brookwood of the involuntary termination of the previous agreement. The termination would become effective on August 9 if conditions are not met.

The CMS listed three conditions of participation Brookwood does not meet. The Medicare program will not make payment for hospital services to patients who are admitted after August 9.

The CMS initially contacted Brookwood Baptist Medical Center in late May with conditions of participation that needed addressing. The hospital submitted a plan to the CMS to correct the practices shortly afterward.

After being determined to be in compliance on May 31, the Center of Medicaid and Medicare has discovered several immediate jeopardy (IJ) findings at the hospital.

On July 12, 2018, the Alabama State Survey Agency conducted a complaint survey and identified IJ due to the facility's failure to implement its elopement policy resulting in the death of one patient; failure of staff in the telemetry monitoring unit to notify Registered Nurses of a patient who had no heart rate for 15 minutes and subsequently died; and failure of staff to notify the physician of a patient's low blood pressure readings resulting in the  patient being found unresponsive and not breathing.

April Washington with CMS released the following statement to WBRC:

This is the second IJ for this facility in the past three (3) months. It is important to note that most hospitals take the necessary steps to correct deficiencies prior to termination. Our first priority is to protect the health and safety of the patients.

Brookwood Baptist Medical Center released the following statement:

Brookwood Baptist Medical Center submitted a Plan of Correction to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid to address all findings identified in the recent survey completed on July 10, 2018. We await CMS' follow up survey to validate the actions outlined in our Plan of Correction. Brookwood Baptist Medical Center takes patient safety very seriously and is committed to continuous improvement in quality measures and safety procedures.

The new full letter can be viewed below.

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