Parkland Says It Can And Will Fix Problems

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Parkland Hospital says it can and will fix problems that turned up in a recent federal audit of its practices.  The hospital finally revealed the nature of the complaints and plans to fix them at a mid-afternoon board meeting.

“I hope that they keep the Medicaid,” says Pamela Williams, who is among the thousands of people hoping Parkland pulls through so her son can, too.  “Because if they don’t then I don’t know what we’re going to do to take care of him because that’s always what he’s had since he’s had sickle cell.”

Parkland officials say in their haste to see more people they may have dropped the ball.  “Our intention was to take care of more people,” says Parkland’s CEO Dr. Ron Anderson.

The hospital is at risk because of problems turned up in a federal audit in two main areas.  It found practices that could inadvertently spread infectious diseases, like taking food into patients’ rooms.  “And what they say is not that they saw something that caused harm to a patient,” said Dr. John Jay Shannon, the hospital’s chief medical officer, “but they saw care processes that had the potential to cause harm to a patient.”

The audit also said Parkland’s paperwork could not prove it hadn’t turned away emergency room patients or “dumped” them without them being seen.  Especially hurtful since Dr. Anderson helped write anti-dumping legislation.  “It’s humbling to think that that’s the case, said Anderson, adding, “All those patients were screened and all those patients were seen and they weren’t sent outside the organization.”

Medicare and Medicaid represents nearly half of Parkland’s income; federal reimbursements could dry up if not fixed.  The hospital claims it is already reeducating staff to address its issues.  Parkland says there is no guarantee…but it is hopeful its proposed fixes will be acceptable.   Nonetheless federal investigators will be back later this month to check on progress.

>>Click here to read the full Parkland CMS Report<<


One Comment

  1. Philo Phool says:

    when services are provided free to more than 30 to 40 percent of the patients (and many more paid for by someone else — the taxpayers — be in a hospital, food service, transportation, education, housing, etc., it will soon be far below the standards for people who pay for such servcies by the sweat of the brow or as a result of wise ivestments and savings both from their own work or their parents work (as the government did not take too much with the DEATH TAX–as one president of the USA said, all land and property should revert to the government when a person dies so it can be homesteaded again. This sho uld come as a surprise to one group of people, THOSE WHO BELIEVE (AND WILL NEVER CHANGE) THAT GOVERNMENT GIVEAWAYS TO THE LAZY AT THE EXPENSE OF THE WORKING CLASS WILL SOLVE ALL OF SOCIETY’S ILLS.

  2. NiteNurse says:

    I am hopeful that with this shakeup at Parkland that services will improve there. With so many people without insurance hospitals like Parkland and JPS are vital to our communities. Without them these patients will go to other area hospitals where because of federal laws they will be forced to take them if it’s a life threatening situation. If it’s not, a health problem that could be taken care of early can become worse. County and private pay patients could easily bankrupt and close private hospitals and many of them are doing that now.

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