Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Arizona State hospital restored to deemed status following federal inspection

PHOENIX - The Arizona State Hospital receives restoration of its status as a provider of hospital services following a recent inspection from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The announcement follows a three month intensive reform effort to provide a safe and therapeutic environment for patients and staff.
The federal program, which certifies hospitals for Medicare and Medicaid funding, found the facility to be out of compliance with Medicare Conditions of Participation in May 2015. Immediate action was taken to reform hospital policy and operations.
"This was a tremendous effort that is to be applauded," said Dr. Cara Christ, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services which oversees the hospital. "Our goal is to make this facility a center of excellence for psychiatric care and I think our team is living up to this objective every day."
ADHS submitted a Plan of Correction to CMS in June outlining plans to implement a quality management program, increase staffing, and promote training and communication throughout hospital operations.
CMS investigators returned to the state hospital for a follow up inspection on July 24, 2015. Today, ADHS was notified by CMS "the hospital has demonstrated compliance with Medicare Conditions of Participation." Effective immediately, the hospital is restored to what is called deemed status meaning, the Arizona State Hospital now meets all Medicare Conditions of Participation.
"Under new leadership within the state hospital, our team took a proactive approach to quality management within the system," said Dr. Christ. "We will continue to look for process improvement within our organization to meet emerging patient needs and retain top talent in patient care."
The Arizona State Hospital is a publicly owned and operated hospital providing psychiatric and medical care. Located on a 93-acre campus at 24th Street and Van Buren, the state hospital operates programs within a 260-funded bed facility. Authorized by A.R.S. § 36-201 through 36-207, the state hospital is required to provide inpatient care and treatment to patients with mental disorders, personality disorders or emotional conditions. The mission of the clinical members of the hospital staff is to provide safe and effective psychiatric and medical care to those who suffer from serious psychiatric, neurological, and medical illnesses.

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