Saturday, May 01, 2010

Cherry Hospital May (Again) Lose Its Ability to Bill Medicare/ Medicaid Due to Insufficient Staffing/ Danger to Patients

.....from the journalist, Michael Biesecker:

"...In recent months, employees at Cherry have complained about insufficient staffing and a rising level of violence within the facility. State budget cuts have reduced resources at the four state-run psychiatric hospitals, even as the number of people needing treatment has continued to climb after a failed effort to reform North Carolina's mental health system.

The hospital will now submit a plan to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid to fix the problems found in the latest inspection. Regulators will then determine whether the hospital can continue to receive federal insurance reimbursements, which typically run about $800,000 a month.

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Cherry Hospital was cited in 2008 in a similar manner & followed on Defarge: