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Winnebago IHS Hospital could lose Medicare funding


A Northeast Nebraska hospital must make significant changes immediately, or else their Medicare program could be lost.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services sent a warning letter to the CEO of the Winnebago Indian Health Services Facility.

The letter detailed the "conditions within the hospital [that] posed an immediate and serious threat to the health and safety of patients." It informed the hospital that they "must take immediate action to remove the immediacy of these deficiencies..."

CMS said when these threatening conditions exist, "a determination must be made that the hospital no longer meets the requirements for participation as a provider of services in the Medicare program."

Winnebago's facility has already submitted its solutions to all of the conditions CMS took issue with.

For example, one specific condition was that nursing staff in the hospital, "did not know how to call a Code Blue."

The IHS facility said "mock code drills" will be conducted, and nursing supervisors will "perform random real time review of assessments by nursing staff."

CMS said they plan to conduct an unannounced visit to make sure the hospital has "implemented necessary corrections to remove the immediate jeopardy."

If the hospital does not remove all of the noted deficiencies, their agreement with Medicare will be terminated on May 18. That means "the Medicare program will not make payment for inpatient hospital services furnished to patients who are admitted after" that date. 

CMS said, "for patients admitted on that date or earlier, payment may continue for up to 30 days of inpatient, but not outpatient hospital services."

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