Corporate Compliance

Third immediate jeopardy for Cape Fear Valley Medical Center

Compliance Monitor, January 18, 2012

Cape Fear Valley Medical Center (CFVMC) in Fayetteville, NC has received notification from the CMS Atlanta office that it faces its third immediate jeopardy status in as many months, according to a January 13 HealthLeaders Media article.

The 485-bed medical center, which is a safety-net hospital, must submit a corrective action plan (CAP) to CMS by Jan. 19. Another survey will be performed to confirm that the CAP has been implemented and is successful.

Although the exact nature of the new problem is unknown, CMS applies the immediate jeopardy designation to situations that represent an immediate and serious threat to patient health and safety. In an e-mail statement, Vince Benbenek, a CFVMC spokesperson, referenced a telemetry problem. "The deficiency found in the Dec. 22 survey relates to our policy for telemetry. Our practice was consistent with national guidelines. Our policy however, was not in line with our practice. Therefore we have updated our policy to match our practice."

Read more on the HealthLeaders Media website.

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