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Government Says There Is ‘Immediate Threat’ To Patients At Chillicothe Hospital

Adena Medical Center is in jeopardy of losing millions in federal Medicare funding. Learn more.

Adena Medical Center is at risk of losing millions in federal Medicare funding after a report was issued by the Ohio Department of Health, 10TV’s Jason Frazer reported Wednesday.

According to ODH, in February, a discharged patient wandered unsupervised throughout different areas of the hospital, took a nurse’s staff badge and entered a secured unit and stole medications.

During a March visit, officials said that they found two areas with unsecured drugs and syringes.

ODH compiled the study on behalf of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

CMS told hospital officials that unless the medical center made changes, CMS would stop making payments for patients admitted on or after April 27, Frazer reported.

Adena officials said that they made changes immediately after receiving the government’s letter. Some of the changes include requiring visitors to sign in and wear color-coded badges, Frazer reported.

“So, if they’re in the emergency department, they have a certain color,” Dr. Anthony Freeman said.

State officials also cited the medical center for missing some of its manuals, Others were outdated, Frazer reported.

Adena officials said that they corrected that problem, too

Freeman said that Adena was confident its Medicare funding would not be pulled.

“We will be requesting another visit by ODH at the end of this week or the early part of next week to show our progress,” Freeman said.

Patient Lowell Ealey said that he hoped the hospital’s Medicare funding would be restored.

“What (are) people going to do? Where are they going to go?” Ealey said. “I have a mother-in-law and a father-in-law that gets that, and they really need it.”

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