Paying serious lip service

This is another example of the double-talk that is coming out of our county hospital.  On April 15, 2015 they issued this announcement:

umccompliance

Then on July 9, 2015 the joint commission issued it’s preliminary denial of accreditation decision.  The commission explains a preliminary denial as:

Preliminary Denial of Accreditation results when there is justification to deny accreditation to a health care organization due to one or more of the following: an immediate threat to health or safety for patients or the public; failure to resolve the requirements of an Accreditation with Follow-up Survey status after two opportunities to do so; failure to resolve the requirements of a Contingent Accreditation status; or significant noncompliance with Joint Commission standards. This decision is subject to review and appeal before the determination to deny accreditation.

On January 2, 2015 we wrote No cures today, an article about the hospital’s response to having been given the worst scores possible in the three rating areas that Medicare used to grade the hospital.  The result seemed to indicate that we would suffer the loss of about $350,000 in payments.

Timeline

January 2, 2015 we write about the hospitals reaction to being condemned by Medicare.  The hospital’s failures are endangering patients and costing the taxpayers money.

April 15, 2015 the hospital issues a press release letting us know how proud the board is with their compliance report and compliance plans.  Our hospital administrator tells us that “our program operations are always exceeding standards”.

July 9, 2015, less than three months after their hollow assurances, the hospital is threatened with denial of accreditation for some of the same things that they were penalized for in January and told us they were taking seriously in April.

I can’t write a date for when our county commissioner’s took action to clean up this mess because they haven’t.

We deserve better

Brutus

4 Responses to Paying serious lip service

  1. Jerry Kurtyka (on beautiful Cortes island BC) says:

    Not a problem up here on Cortes Island BC (sunny and 81 degrees today). They don’t have a hospital, county or otherwise. They do have a friendly little clinic and ER (the EMTs are volunteers) but you’d have to go to the mainland by ferry or float plane for anything major. It’s surprising how restful life can be without the CCC political drama, Lord of the Flies city council, and Jim Valenti trying to convince you that he knows what he’s doing.

    I may not come back 🙂

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  2. Haiduc says:

    And Yes UMC will still OPEN for Business…GOOD!

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  3. And, fwiw, they have now passed those areas of the accreditation where they had received gigs, so that status is not under threat at this time. And, yes, the CEO will likely get another frickin’ bonus.

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  4. Reality Checker says:

    But Valenti will still get a bonus.

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