Two DMC hospitals fail follow-up inspections

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Two Detroit Medical Center hospitals face the potential loss of federal funding this spring after failing two inspections, according to government documents obtained by The Detroit News.

The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Funding sent preliminary letters of determination to Harper University Hospital and Detroit Receiving Hospital on Jan. 15, saying the hospitals do not meet federal requirements for their “physical environment” to participate in Medicare, the federal health insurance program for elderly and disabled Americans. The hospitals were given projected termination dates of April 15.

Detailed results of the Dec. 13 inspections were not yet open to the public, according to CMS.

DMC officials did not immediately respond for comment Monday.

Michigan hospitals barred from participation in Medicare are automatically terminated from the federal Medicaid program for low-income residents, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. The majority of patients served by DMC hospitals are funded by the federal health insurance programs.

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