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Henry Ford Wyandotte's Medicaid Contract Jeopardized by Food and Beverage Complaint

A public notice published Sunday notified the public of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service's intent to cancel its contract with the hospital effective April 28 after a patient's family filed a complaint over a food and beverage issue.

Henry Ford Wyandotte's Medicaid Contract Jeopardized by Food and Beverage Complaint

The Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital could lose its federal Medicare accreditation after a patient’s family filed a complaint with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services over a food and beverage issue.

Denise Brooks-Williams, president and CEO of Henry Ford Wyandotte, told The News-Herald that she’s confident the issue will be resolved and Medicare patients won’t be affected.

Brooks-Williams declined to discuss the specific nature of the food and beverage issue, other than to say it occurred in January and steps have been taken to correct it.

“It’s important to note that this was an isolated incident,” she said. “We followed up with the patient and put a corrective action plan in place.”

A notice published in the Sunday editions of The News-Herald Newspapers said that as of April 28, the agreement allowing the hospital at 2333 Biddle Ave. to receive federal Medicare reimbursement would be terminated.

The notice stated:

“The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has determined that Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital is not in compliance with the following Medicare Condition of Participation for a hospital: 42 CFR 482.13 Patient Rights.”

Further, according to the notice, the Medicare program would not make payments for inpatient services furnished to patients admitted on or after April 28. However, those patients admitted prior to that date would be covered for up to 30 days of services on or after April 28.

Brooks-Williams said she believes the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service was simply following protocol by publishing the notice. As CEO, she was notified as well and the hospital has “a window to time to respond.”

“Because of the short timeframe, that window is within the next couple of days,” she told the newspaper. She said the hospital will put is plan of action in writing and submit it, hopefully averting an interruption in service.

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