Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital cleared by Medicare agency |

Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital cleared by Medicare agency

Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital has fulfilled requirements to continue providing Medicare services to its patients, a federal agency reported Monday.

Uninterrupted service to Medicare services were guaranteed after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approved the hospital’s safety plans in a letter released to hospital officials Monday.

Hospital spokesman Gary Cooke said the hospital has satisfied inspectors, who visited the facility on three separate occasions, that proper security measures have been taken.

The hospital was ordered to review its procedures after an employee was caught stealing narcotics from the hospital a year and a half ago. The employee was later terminated.

In a July 9 letter, Medicare officials threatened to cut off ties and payments to the hospital on or before Oct. 9 unless security problems in its pharmacy were addressed.

Subsequent site visits were conducted, and Cooke said the hospital satisfied the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in part by ensuring greater security in prescribing medications and by securely storing partially used bottles of medications.

For more of this story, read Tuesday’s The Union.

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