Feds say Dallas Hospital in Compliance

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DALLAS (AP) - After almost two years of oversight, federal officials say a Dallas hospital system is in substantial compliance with Medicare program requirements.

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said Wednesday that Parkland Health & Hospital System meets requirements of a "systems improvement agreement" that took effect in September 2011. The agreement required the hospital to retain independent experts to analyze their operations and develop a plan to comply with Medicare quality-of-care requirements.

Parkland is Dallas' only public hospital. It entered into the agreement as a way to prevent losing Medicare funding jeopardized by problems at the facility. A report released by the federal program in September 2011 found patients faced "immediate jeopardy" in the emergency room.

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