Exeter Hospital in New Hampshire Under CMS Scrutiny Beyond Hepatitis C Outbreak

Exeter (N.H.) Hospital failed to demonstrate compliance to federal patient safety standards and has until the end of the year to remedy those shortfalls, according to a Seacoast Online report.


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According to the report, the hospital underwent an inspection in September. At that time, hospital surveyors determined Exeter Hospital failed to meet standards for governing body, patient's right, quality assessment and performance improvement and infection control. All four categories fall under CMS' conditions for participation.

CMS sent a letter outlining these deficiencies and set a deadline of Dec. 28 for the hospital to submit a corrective action plan and demonstrate renewed compliance to all standards. The news exacerbates things for Exeter Hospital, which is already under investigation regarding a hepatitis C breakout caused by a former employee.

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