Mo. Hospital Meets Requirements After 5 Months of Poor Hygiene, Patient Safety

COLUMBIA, Mo. — The University of Missouri Health Care system is now in full compliance with Medicare regulations, according to the results of a follow up inspection on March 30 by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. In November 2010, the hospital was found to have dozens of deficiencies in infection control and housekeeping.

Officials from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said the facility did not meet the standards required to receive reimbursement for Medicare patients in numerous areas, the Columbia Daily Tribune reports. A follow-up inspection in January found noncompliance in areas such as patient safety, patient rights, maintenance and poor hand hygiene practices and monitoring.

That inspection also called into question the hospital’s use of restraints and handcuffs on patients. The hospital has since revised its policy so that only patients who exhibit behavior that is considered a criminal action can be handcuffed.

MU Health’s initial plan of correction was deemed unacceptable by the Department of Health, so an amended plan was created.

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