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Fayetteville hospital's Medicare funding again in jeopardy

Posted December 5, 2011

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— For the second time in recent weeks, federal regulators have placed Cape Fear Valley Medical Center on notice that its Medicare funding could be stopped because of questions about its patient care.

The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services has notified Cape Fear Valley Medical Center that it is in "immediate jeopardy" of losing funding for patients unless issues found during a hospital visit last week are not addressed.

CMS uses that term to indicate that a problem it has found compromises patients' health or safety.

The visit followed the Nov. 22 death of a man following his discharge from the hospital.

Adarrin Washington, 30, died on his way home after the hospital discharged him against his will, according to his family. He had non-Hodgkins lymphoma and had spent eight days at Cape Fear Valley before being sent home.

In a letter to Cape Fear Valley's chief executive officer, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services said "the facility staff failed to respond and reassess a change in a patient's condition at the time of discharge."

The hospital has until Dec. 23 to correct the problems.

“Cape Fear Valley Health takes this matter and the immediate jeopardy status very seriously," hospital spokesman Vincent Benbenek said in a statement. "We are confident that, once the surveyors return, they will agree (our policies and procedures comply with federal regulations) and the immediate jeopardy status will be lifted.”

Last month, CMS placed the hospital on immediate jeopardy status in connection with the April death of a patient who had been restrained by security guards. The status was later lifted.

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  • soyousay Dec 6, 2011

    I wonder if these pointy headed paper pushers ..

    If they can make the hosptal stop killing people, perhaps that could benefit all

  • soyousay Dec 6, 2011

    Perhaps Medicare is being a bit too picky?

    dead people are just so inconvenient.

  • Alex25 Dec 5, 2011

    Medicare and Medicaid are Govt programs.

    As a nation and as Taxpayers that fund ALL Govt programs, WE ARE BROKE.......CUT SOMETHING ELSE IF YOU WANT THIS.

  • fugitiveguy surfaces again Dec 5, 2011

    "They parked a helicopter on the front lawn from one of the bigger hospitals in the state in an effort to sway people into believing it was actually their own when in fact it carries people away from this hospital,"

    You'd have to be pretty dumb to think a helicopter with UNC on it belonged to CFV. To suggest CFV was attempting to trick the public with the helo is equally dumb.

  • Fuquay Resident Dec 5, 2011

    You think they are being too picky when they discharge a dead man to go home fayncmike?

  • davisgw Dec 5, 2011

    The hospital was notified by the van driver before leaving the hospital that the patiend was unresponsive and he was tole to take him home anyway. As ti turned out he was unresponsive because he was dead. So how is that pushed into the category of Medicare being to picky? I tale the time to drive to Moore County for quality care.

  • flack222 Dec 5, 2011

    This hospital is notorious for underhanded tactics and doing quite a bit to make a buck. They were admonished and possible fined several years ago for calling themselves a Trauma center when they had none of the resources to even begin to meet the medical assets required to treat traumatic injuries. They parked a helicopter on the front lawn from one of the bigger hospitals in the state in an effort to sway people into believing it was actually their own when in fact it carries people away from this hospital, not to it. About a year ago, one of their security guards and ED staff were in deep water after assaulting a psychiatric patient and causing injuries. Their billboards state all kinds of ratings that are impossible to back up as those ratings are ranked by polling companies unknown in the medical fields. Poor excuse for a hospital and the people in Fayetteville deserve better as we grow.

  • fayncmike Dec 5, 2011

    I know there can be long delays in the ER but aside from that I've been there three times and never had a complaint. Friends of mine seem to have been happy with the care as well. Perhaps Medicare is being a bit too picky?

  • fugitiveguy surfaces again Dec 5, 2011

    I wonder if these pointy headed paper pushers have given any consideration what the effect on the health of the public will be by a significant loss of funding.