Mercy Hospital Springfield Continues to be Eligible for Medicare/Medicaid Payments

November 17, 2017

While Mercy Hospital Springfield awaits a final decision from CMS related to the survey that ended Nov. 2, we continue to participate in both Medicare and Medicaid and we welcome all patients who are enrolled in these programs.

There has been some confusion as to whether care provided at Mercy Hospital Springfield for patients enrolled in Medicare and Medicaid is currently covered. The answer is yes.

The confusion seems to have arisen from a notice that The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) posted on their website on Oct. 20, 2017. This notice states Mercy Hospital Springfield’s participation in Medicare would terminate on Nov. 5. That didn’t happen and here is what you need to know: 

  • The notice was the result of a determination by state surveyors and CMS that the hospital failed to fully comply with Medicare conditions of participation following an August 2017 survey.
  • The hospital submitted a Plan of Correction to state surveyors and CMS addressing the identified deficiencies. The Plan of Correction was accepted and the hospital was resurveyed earlier this month.
  • We understand that the state surveyors determined the hospital appropriately addressed the deficiencies identified during the earlier survey.
  • The state has 10 business days after Nov. 2 to complete its report and submit it to CMS. CMS then has up to 30 days to review the report and make its decision.
  • We have received confirmation from CMS that during this 30 day period, Mercy Hospital Springfield remains a participant in Medicare and Medicaid.
  • We understand that CMS will post another notice on its website once a final decision is made regarding the recent survey.

Our caregivers and co-workers have worked diligently to address concerns identified by CMS, and we remain committed to providing our patients high quality, compassionate care.

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