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Parkland enters into agreement with CMS
DALLAS – Parkland Health & Hospital System officials today entered into a 19-month Systems Improvement Agreement (SIA) with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Parkland remains open, fully licensed and accredited during the term of the agreement. If Parkland successfully implements the agreement it will remain accredited and fully licensed after the agreement expires.

The agreement will be in effect from Sept. 30, 2011 through April 30, 2013.

“We welcome this opportunity to work in partnership with CMS. Our goal, along with CMS, is to return Parkland to deemed status and full compliance with all of CMS’ regulatory standards. That’s our responsibility to our patients and to the people of Dallas County,” said John Jay Shannon, MD, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer.

In early September, CMS notified Parkland that it intended to terminate Parkland’s participation in the Medicare program effective Sept. 30.

Recognizing the vital role Parkland serves in providing health care to the people of Dallas County, CMS committed to suspending that termination if Parkland agreed to enter into the SIA.

Under the terms of the agreement, Parkland will:

• Engage a team of independent consultants, approved by CMS, who will analyze Parkland operations in their entirety and, within 60 days of their engagement, provide a report to CMS outlining areas of improvement required for Parkland to come into compliance with all Medicare Conditions of Participation, which are the health and safety standards that health care organizations must meet in order to continue participating in the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

• Assist those independent consultants in the development of a written plan outlining what specific actions Parkland must take to return to full compliance with the Medicare Conditions of Participation.

• Engage one or more nationally recognized experts, approved by CMS, to develop and implement a Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement (QAPI) program within 60 days after their engagement.

• Engage a full-time, independent, on-site Compliance Officer to provide oversight and coordination of Parkland’s efforts to return to compliance.

Within six months to a year after it approves the outside consultants’ plan to return Parkland to compliance, CMS will conduct a survey of hospital system operations to ensure that it has returned to compliance.
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April Foran
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