Health & Science

Federal Government Gives St Joseph Medical Center January 15 Deadline

Houston’s oldest hospital must submit a corrective action plan to avoid losing Medicare and Medicaid payments

Federal officials have granted a two-month reprieve to St. Joseph Medical Center in downtown Houston. The troubled hospital has failed a number of federal inspections and had been notified it would be dropped from Medicare and Medicaid on Dec. 3. Without that money, the hospital would have to shut down.

Now St. Joseph can stay on the federal programs through Jan. 15. In the meantime, hospital administrators must submit a corrective action plan to federal inspectors by Dec. 8.

St. Joseph got in trouble when a patient who was acting erratically was shot in the chest Aug. 27 by Houston police officers working as hospital security guards. But federal inspectors also uncovered other problems at Houston’s oldest hospital, such as nurses re-using contaminated gloves.

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