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Mission Hospital faces 2 more federal violations for patient care... Is it strike 3?
Sunday, 31 March 2024 21:53

From Staff Reports

Asheville-based Mission Hospital faces two more federal violations regarding patient care, based on a letter from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, dated March 14, Asheville television station WLOS (News 13) reported on March 15.

The News 13 story was headlined: “‘Call it Strike Three:’ Mission Hospital faces 2 more federal violations for patient care.”

The CMS letter states that Mission is in violation of two requirements that fall under the requirements for patient care under the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act, also known as EMTALA. 

The CMS letter stated the following:

“EMTALA is a decades-old federal law that requires Medicare hospitals provide all patients appropriate, timely emergency care.”

The News 13 report added, “The first violation regards an emergency room patient’s ‘Medical Screening Exam.’ The second violation is listed as a number — 489.20 — and doesn’t state details of the violation...

“Federal officials conducted inspections of Mission last year, but the latest violations are new information tied to the ongoing investigation and scrutiny of Mission’s Emergency Department and hospital operations by CMS and federal healthcare officials.” 

AdventHealth unveils plan to build hospital in Weaverville, then seeks bed expansion in Weaverville delayed
Sunday, 31 March 2024 21:51

From Staff Reports 

WEAVERVILLE — Advent- Health unveiled ambitious plans — on March 19 — to build a $254 million, 67-bed, multi-specialty hospital on a 25-acre site off U.S. 25/70 west of I-26 in Weaverville — to serve Buncombe County.

And, two days later (on March 21 afternoon) the hospital system announced that it also is applying for an additional 26-acute-care-bed expansion of the facility.

“The state outlined the need for 26 acute care beds during its annual State Medical Facilities Plan,” Asheville television station WLOS (News 13) reported on March 21, and “on Thursday (March 21) afternoon, AdventHealth announced it was applying to add those 26 acute care beds to the facility planned for Weaverville.”

The TV station’s March 21 report added, “News 13 has reached out to other local hospital systems to find out if they plan to apply for the additional beds, but has not had a response.

“The state approved the application from AdventHealth for its new hospital in 2022, but the facility was delayed when HCA/Mission Health appealed the decision. A decision on that appeal is expected in the coming weeks,” according to News 13.



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