The Martin Luther King Jr. /Drew Medical Center received nationwide attention during the 21st century when it encountered a long list of citations and non-compliance. The facility was closed on August of 2007 after a lengthy period of negotiations and corrections. The survey conducted on August 13-14, 2004 revealed a series of mismanagement and poor quality of care, which triggered the fall of the facility in 2007. Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, better known as JCAHO, is a Chicago-based accrediting agency.
As a protocol, Healthcare facilities undergo a process of certification from the CMS, wherein they are able to bill Medicare once they are approved of certification. An accreditation and/or certification according to the Joint Commission is, “the process of requesting an independent review of your organization’s performance against national quality and safety requirements. Joint Commission accredited or certified organizations have demonstrated that they meet the highest standards in their field. These organizations proudly display our Gold Seal of Approval, a visible symbol of their commitment to providing the highest level of care.
” This accreditation was granted to the Martin Luther King Jr. /Drew Medical Center and posed several advantages to its survival. Obtaining JCAHO accreditation is beneficial for hospitals. In the Medicare Act of 1965 it states that accredited hospitals have satisfied federal health and safety requirements necessary to participate in Medicare. Furthermore, being accredited presents several incentives to be accredited for marketing purposes. On the other hand, being stripped of the accreditation does not mean that the facility will close automatically.
However, most of the private insurance would no longer avail of the services in that facility, being deemed incompetent in the Joint Commission standards; such is the case with Martin Luther King Jr. /Drew Medical Center. A few of the complaints received by the hospital is a case of two women hooked to cardiac monitors and died because their vital signs were not detected or checked. Major citations reported on January 13, 2004 were the lack of compliance with regards to meeting minimum requirements for receiving federal funding.
Also, reports showed that 5 patients died in the hospital with what seemed to be mistakes by the staff. By March, CMS have considered the facility in real danger because of reports of medication errors. As of the present after changing the facility to King-Harbor under the management of the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, similar problems surfaced and then again placing the facility under scrutiny. The facility’s license was revoked after failing yet again, to comply with CMS standards and unable to gain accreditation from any independent accrediting agencies.
On one side, this posed a problem because of the patients that had to be reassigned to other facilities, but the closure of the facility still took effect. As of this year, a politician by the name of Ridley-Thomas includes the possibility of re-opening the King-Harbor facility. This is one of his goals during his campaign and he would like to make this a reality by 2011. With the history of the hospital, it may be hard to regain its reputation, but since the government funded facility would be outlined, it may take a different turn.
The plan of re-opening the hospital with 120 beds may happen and may result positively. The long term goal of it reaching to its once 400-bed capacity may be plausible considering the plans of hiring three high profile health deputies instead of the normal one. Ridley-Thomas has a firm vision regarding health care and the compliance of the facility with the standards may exceed people’s expectations. REFERENCES Chen, J. (2003,). JCAHO Accreditation And Quality Of Care For Acute Myocardial Infarction. Health Affairs, 22, no. 2, Retrieved August 4, 2009, from http://content. healthaffairs.
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