No CMS jeopardies found


The latest inspections by the Centers for Medicaid/Medicare Services on the Commonwealth Health Center has yielded the best possible news for the Commonwealth Health Care Corp.

The CMS team that did the inspection last April 21 through April 26 for a routine five-year survey of the CNMI hospital found no immediate jeopardies—contrary to the results of previous inspections.

“All 21 of the conditions of participation applicable to the CHCC were surveyed,” a CHCC statement noted. “…It was announced that the CMS surveyors found no situations at the level of immediate jeopardy.”

An immediate jeopardy is a finding where a healthcare provider’s noncompliance with one or more requirements to participate in CMS programs will likely cause serious injury, harm, impairment, or even death of a patient.

While no immediate jeopardies were found, CHCC noted that no facility is perfect and CHC was no exception.

“…Corrective actions began immediately to resolve all adverse findings by the surveyors,” CHCC noted.

It expects to receive an official written report on the CMS survey findings, providing further clarification on hospital functions that need to be addressed and improved.

A second survey on the CHCC Life Safety Codes was conducted from April 28 to April 29 and no immediate jeopardies were found and, like the hospital survey, “corrective actions have already begun,” CHCC noted, adding that the corporation expects to receive a report on the survey results “shortly.”

The last survey CMS did on CHC was on Sept. 12, 2014, where the hospital was found in violation of seven out of 24 standard conditions.

On Oct. 25, 2016, CHCC received a letter from the CMS providing it with more time to correct its shortcomings since the last survey.

CHCC relies on CMS funding for their participation as a provider of services under the Medicare Program established under Title XVIII of the Social Security Act.

CHCC chief executive officer Esther Muña noted in a previous interview with Saipan Tribune that CHCC had been out of compliance with these standards since 2011.

Erwin Encinares | Reporter
Erwin Charles Tan Encinares holds a bachelor’s degree from the Chiang Kai Shek College and has covered a wide spectrum of assignments for the Saipan Tribune. Encinares is the paper’s political reporter.
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