By Spectrum News Staff Pinellas County
PUBLISHED February 2, 2019 @9:17 AM
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital is at risk of losing federal funding after a recent inspection.
The letter says the findings were severe enough to constitute “an immediate or serious threat to patient health and safety.”
The agency placed the hospital in a rare status called “immediate jeopardy,” which federal guidelines describe as “a crisis situation.”
The move represented a stunning turn for one of Florida’s most prestigious children’s hospitals. The hospital was locally operated until 2011, when it was absorbed by Johns Hopkins, one of the most renowned names in medicine.
Johns Hopkins is now under state agency monitoring until the hospital can correct the issues. If the issues are not corrected, the agency will not grant the hospital money under medicare for new patients, starting February 23.
The hospital sent on statement on Friday regarding the report:
Last month, surveyors from the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) conducted an extensive review of Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital.
In the weeks since their visit, we have developed and are actively implementing a comprehensive action plan to address areas that were identified by the surveyors as needing corrective action.
Yesterday, we received the results of their survey, which included citations for issues they identified as deficient. As a result of these citations, Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital has received a finding of Immediate Jeopardy. Immediate Jeopardy is a situation that requires an immediate response to avoid threats to the regulatory or accreditation status of the hospital. We take these findings seriously and are continuing to work in close coordination and consultation with both AHCA and CMS to immediately address their concerns.
The safety of our patients is our top priority. We are confident that the work we are doing to ensure that our hospital continues to meet the highest standards of care will satisfy any concerns they, our patients, or our community may have. Every day, we deliver world-class care to our patients, and we will continue to do so with distinction and compassion.
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