Corporate Compliance

PA medical center files for Chapter 11

Compliance Monitor, April 18, 2012

Saint Catherine Medical Center in Ashland, PA filed an emergency petition for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on April 9, according to an April 11 HealthLeaders Media article.

The action follows a tumultuous couple of weeks for the medical center. In March an unannounced survey visit by the state Department of Health (DOH) uncovered serious deficiencies and violations that placed patient health and safety in immediate jeopardy.

As a result, the DOH imposed a ban on new admissions, as well as on surgical services and emergency and outpatient procedures at the 67-bed hospital. In an April 3 letter, the CMS Philadelphia office notified the medical center that because of the deficiencies the hospital no longer met the requirements for participation in the federal Medicare program and faces termination of its Medicare agreement.

Read more on the HealthLeaders Media website.

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