You can live in denial all you want, but I know how CMS terminates participants from their funding status and uses probationary Service Improvement Agreements (SIA) because I was in Los Angeles when Martin Luther King, Jr./Charles Drew Medical Center was terminated from Medicare just a few years ago for exactly the same kinds of problems with serious incidents of patient harm.
Parkland no longer has a "deemed status" for Medicare or Medicaid because they were officially and still are "terminated" for Medicare deemed status on Sept 9, 2011 as the CMS LETTER OF TERMINATION
I already explained that they are on a probationary SIA, which usually only nursing homes are placed on when they get kicked out of Medicare. Parkland failed their last ditch, hospital wide, "make-or-break" inspections with CMS and the Texas Dept. of State Health Services last summer.
You can read better coverage of what happened on the still ongoing, 2-year long, Dallas Morning News investigative series entitled, “First, do no harm.
” (See Dallas Morning News Patient Safety Investigations and Special Reports - News for Dallas, Texas - The Dallas Morning News
). It contains about 200 articles on Parkland and their medical school partner, UT Southwestern.
Because they no longer have a deemed status, Parkland can still be summarily kicked out at any time between now and next April and cut off from all federal funding
, which basically means that they can be shut down for good at any time. (That’s not very assuring to know about a potential employer.
) But make no mistake, Parkland has no deemed status for Medicare or Medicaid at this time
Parkland also had to get a safety monitor to inspect their facilities, and after their inspections a few months ago, they failed miserably again in 17 areas hospital wide. Their monitors or external consultants, Alvarez & Marsal, issued a scathing gap analysis report which Parkland tried to conceal from the public
. (See Parkland safety report says life-threatening problems persist | Dallas Morning News Patient Safety Investigations and Special Reports - News for Dallas, Texas - The Dallas Morning News
On top of all this, UT Southwestern—Parkland’s medical school partner who provides all the medical staff at Parkland—had to settle a whistleblower lawsuit last summer for Medicare fraud with the US government for a “bait-and-switch” scam
involving switching resident for licensed attending surgeon in the OR without their patients’ knowledge. (See http://patients.about.com/b/2010/11/...ur-surgery.htm
If you really want to know what it’s like to work at Parkland, I can say for sure that patients, employees, and their revenues alike are all leaving the hospital in droves. (See Parkland Memorial Hospital struggles with low morale, employee exodus | Dallas Morning News Patient Safety Investigations and Special Reports - News for Dallas, Texas - The Dallas Morning News
). They have lost all trust and confidence from the public, and many at Parkland are saying that the administration has been very malignant and retaliatory in blaming rank and file employees, like nurses, for all their problems.
Their bond credit rating also recently was downgraded as being “negative” by Standards and Poors
. In short, Parkland and UTSW are both in a lot of hot water with their problems forecasted to go on for some time.