The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has completed its re-survey of Western State Hospital.
The re-survey will determine if the hospital can retain its certification and remain eligible for nearly $65 million in yearly federal funding.
The re-certification survey is the part of the agreement between the state Department of Social and Health Services, which oversees state-operated psychiatric hospitals, and CMS to ensure Western State meets conditions necessary for certification.
The agreement was signed in June 2016 after CMS found several deficiencies at the 857-bed hospital and gave the hospital up to 13 months to correct issues.
Twenty-three surveyors arrived at the hospital on May 8 to inspect wards and treatment plans, as well as interview staff and perform other review actions. During their review, surveyors identified a few areas of serious concern including issues related to fire protection and alarm systems; rehabilitation services and durable medical equipment; and the potential for hospital visitors to bring illegal substances onto the premises.
CMS is anticipated to return to review and ensure agreed upon mitigation strategies have been implemented as planned.
“Western State Hospital respects the expertise and feedback of the state and federal surveyors who visited our hospital over the past 18 days,” said Cheryl Strange, WSH CEO. “Their insight has, and will continue to help our efforts to improve patient care and increase the safety and security of both patients and staff.”