CMS: Two Southwest Healthcare Hospitals Back in Compliance

Parent company Universal Health Services has announced that two Southwest Healthcare System facilities in California are now in compliance to CMS standards, marking the end of a regulatory process that began in 2009.

At question are two SWHCS facilities: Rancho Springs Medical Center in Murrieta and Inland Valley Regional Medical Center in Wildomar. In 2009, SWHCS entered into an agreement with CMS that required SWHCS to engage an independent quality monitor to assist the healthcare organization in meeting all of CMS' conditions of participation. The agreement also provided that CMS would conduct a full Medicare certification survey, which took place the week of Jan. 11, 2010. UHS did not disclose a reason for the agreement with CMS.

 

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After the Jan. 2010 inspection, CMS notified SWHCS in April 2010 that it would revoke the health system's provider agreement on June 1, 2010. The state Department of Public Health followed suit regarding the hospitals' licenses shortly thereafter. The failed Jan. 2010 inspection included the failure of nurses to administer drugs ordered by physicians and medical staff entering sterile areas without required outerwear.

By May 2010, UHS had entered into an agreement with CMS that would hold off the termination action scheduled for June 2010. The one-year agreement required SWHCS to engage independent experts to help SWHCS meet the Medicare conditions of participation. UHS entered into a similar agreement with the state in Sept. 2010.

In accordance with UHS' agreement with CMS in 2010, the agency conducted a full survey of the two hospitals in July 2011. For undisclosed reasons, the agency conducted a re-survey of the hospitals in Nov. 2011, at which time regulators concluded the hospitals were in compliance with CMS' conditions of participation.

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