Julieta Chiquillo reports in the Dallas News that a DeSoto psychiatric hospital was inspected by the federal government and placed in “immediate jeopardy” of harm. The hospital will continue to receive Medicare funds for at least another month as it pursues a last attempt at an arrangement with the federal government. At Dallas Behavioral Healthcare in DeSoto, inspectors found a myriad problems, which included drug-administration issues, sexual interaction among underage patients and long waits for care.
In December, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced that it intended to cut off Medicare for the hospital in January. According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, it will consider a systems improvement agreement if officials determine that there is a “compelling public interest,” and that Medicare patients would have serious problems accessing care if the funding were pulled. The agency also has to make a finding that the hospital is committed to making improvements and that it can sustain them.