Patient Death Puts University of Chicago Medical Center's Medicare Funding at Risk

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The federal government has threatened to strip University of Chicago Medical Center of its Medicare funding following reports of a medical error contributing to the death of a patient, according to a Chicago Tribune report.

The Chicago Tribune has confirmed the patient death that prompted the notice was that of James Tyree, chairman of the Chicago Sun-Times, on March 14. Mr. Tyree died from an air embolism following the removal of a dialysis catheter while he was being treated for pneumonia. The error falls under the "never event" category, meaning it was a preventable situation.

The Chicago CMS office issued a notice of termination on March 25, but UCMC today received noticed that its participation in the Medicare program is intact after it submitted a "thorough plan of correction to demonstrate continued and sustained compliance with the Medicare conditions of participation," according to the report.

Read the Chicago Tribune report on its Breaking News site on University of Chicago Medical Center never event.

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