NH hospital to continue receiving Medicare funding

EXETER, N.H. (AP) — Exeter Hospital says it is no longer in danger of losing its Medicare and Medicaid funding after problems were discovered following a hepatitis C outbreak last spring.

The hospital said Friday that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has confirmed it is meeting all conditions of participation in the programs.

The CMS had pointed out hospital deficiencies in July, such as improving policies on controlling infections and administering drugs. The inspection was trigged by the case of David Kwiatkowski (kwiht-KOW'-skee) a former cardiac catheterization lab worker accused of stealing drugs from the hospital and replacing them with tainted syringes that were later used on patients.

The hospital said the CMS made its determination after a follow-up survey on Monday and Tuesday.

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