DALLAS (AP) - The federal government says Parkland Memorial
Hospital doesn't meet the requirements to participate in the
Medicare program after a survey of the hospital found conditions
that were a "serious threat" to patient safety.
The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said in a
letter sent to Parkland Tuesday that if it doesn't provide
acceptable plans of correction by Aug. 20 and complete those plans
by Aug. 24, they will no longer be part of the Medicare program as
of Sept. 2.
CMS spokesman Bob Moos says violations relating to infection
control and emergency care were so serious that "they triggered
`immediate jeopardy' status."
Parkland officials say they take the allegations seriously and
will do what it takes to make sure their Medicare program is not