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Franklin Regional Could Lose Medicaid Coverage

Posted March 21, 2008

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— Franklin County's only hospital could lose its ability to bill Medicare and Medicaid for caring for elderly and poor patients if its doesn't fix problems by March 30.

The state Department of Health and Human Services, which operates Medicare and Medicaid in North Carolina, notified Franklin Regional Medical Center by mail Thursday that it must fix problems with its governance, medical staff, nursing services and laboratory services to remain eligible to participate in the two government insurance programs.

Hospital spokeswoman Bonnie Little wouldn't specify the problems that need to be addressed, but she said the hospital is “looking forward to opportunities for improvement.”

If the deadline isn't met, anyone admitted to Franklin Regional on or after March 30 will not be eligible for Medicare or Medicaid reimbursement. Payment will continue through the end of April for those admitted before the deadline, officials said.

Franklin Regional has proposed building a new hospital in Youngsville to serve the growing population in southern Franklin County. The state hasn't yet approved the plan – county officials oppose the idea – but Little said the Medicare/Medicaid issue shouldn't have any effect on its application.

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  • beachluvr Mar 21, 2008

    after working there myself, i would never work for HMA again. too much 'corporate' junk going on. they are understaffed and underpaid. you can't get overtime..if you do, you have to leave early to take it off. there's so much more than this though. ultimately, the patient is the one who suffers (not literally).

  • Evil one Mar 21, 2008

    Joint commission and other gov't regulatory bodies are a joke. They come up with ridiculous recommendations that hamper not improve patient care. Surveys are conducted by washed up MD's and others that haven't been to the bedside in years, not true in all cases but in many.

  • Redneck_Bob Mar 21, 2008

    I know of a hospital or two that needs to be shut down. They are on the verge of being vetinary hospitals

  • America1st Mar 21, 2008

    I have been admitted to FRMC on several occasions. The care was top notch. The staff were very kind and professional. I will agree that this latest issue most likely has something to do with "The Good Ol'Boys" pushing their agenda to halt the hospital's move to Youngsville. If the move is denied, I trust that we will all suffer in the long run. As well we should. Move the facility to Youngsville.

  • trunkmonkee1971 Mar 21, 2008

    Sub standard care is the issue. it has to be. most people in the area could care less for FRMC. Move it on out of town!

  • Lexus-1 Mar 21, 2008

    I hope the loose it, because the staff does not take care of the patients, and they are billing patients that are not in the hospital or have deceased.

  • srballantyne Mar 21, 2008

    Folks, this whole thing is nothing but a political move to keep the hospital from relocating. How do I know? I have worked there for 11 years. The issue that started this whole witch hunt/hullabaloo is something that happens in every hospital everyday 24/7. It got blown up because of the hospitals bid for a CON to move to a new location. The people of Franklin county who oppose this move are being very shortsighted. HMA who owns this hospital operates with the expectation of a profit. If they don't make a profit they will sell the hospital to someone else or close it altogether. Trying to sell a building that literally has cracks in the walls because it is so old and outdated will be tough. I happen to believe that Louisburg residents will end up without a facility at all if they don't wake up.

  • For-Better-Or-Worse Mar 21, 2008

    I am willing to bet that the majority of the money FRMC receives comes from medicare and medicaid. Without M&M they will have to shut the doors. There is no way possible that a hospital, no matter where it is located can operate without money from the government.

    But, part of the problem also comes from what the governement wants. The amount of documentation they require is outragious. Nurses don't have time to take care of the patients because of the amount of documentation needed. For example, when an IV medication is given to a patient if the start and stop time is not documented then we can not charge M&M for that medication.

    The cost of heathcare has gotten way out of control and M&M as well as private insurances are to blame.

  • likeisaid Mar 21, 2008

    It doesn't matter where you are locating, if you continue to have substandard care.