Methodist Dallas Receives Parkland-Like CMS Warning

By Lindsay Wilcox
|  Tuesday, Aug 30, 2011  |  Updated 7:25 PM CDT
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Methodist Dallas Medical Center has just a few weeks to fix violations or risks losing millions in federal funding, according to The Centers For Medicare and Medicaid.

Lindsay Wilcox, NBCDFW.com

Methodist Dallas Medical Center has just a few weeks to fix violations or risks losing millions in federal funding, according to The Centers For Medicare and Medicaid.

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Federal regulators have put another Dallas hospital on notice for what they call an immediate jeopardy to patient health and safety.

A patient complaint about Methodist Dallas Medical Center prompted recent inspections by the agency that administers Medicare and Medicaid.

The review found 10 deficiencies ranging from patient rights to emergency services to physician on-call requirements.

"The majority of issues are related to the increased volume and space limitations in our emergency department," the hospital said in a statement. "Because of the great need already identified in this area, we announced a significant expansion and improvement project for our ED and trauma departments last week."

The hospital has until Tuesday to submit its correction plan to the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services.

Earlier this month, the CMS said it found "significant deficiencies" during an unannounced inspection of Parkland Memorial Hospital, also in Dallas. Parkland, the county's only public hospital, recently submitted a plan to address the health and safety problems cited in the review.

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