SOURCE: Compass Clinical Consulting

Compass Clinical Consulting

August 19, 2009 12:12 ET

Compass Clinical Consulting Compliance Plan Helps Cherry Hospital Regain Medicare Certification

Strategic Leadership and Operational Changes Lead to Full Compliance With CMS Conditions of Participation

CINCINNATI, OH--(Marketwire - August 19, 2009) - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has notified Compass Clinical Consulting (http://www.compass-clinical.com) client Cherry Hospital that they plan to certify the facility to receive Medicare and Medicaid funds.

MEDICARE DECERTIFICATION

Cherry Hospital (Cherry), a state-run behavioral health facility located in Goldsboro, NC, was decertified as a Medicare and Medicaid provider, effective September 1, 2008. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services retained Compass Clinical Consulting to help the hospital evaluate its management and operations.

SURVIVE

The financial and public relations implications of the Medicare Decertification process for any hospital are difficult and dire. It quickly affects everyone -- patients, nurses, and doctors. As a result some hospitals don't survive. Immediate corrective measures must be taken.

REVIVE

Over the course of one year, Compass Clinical Consulting ushered Cherry through strategic leadership changes and helped to develop and implement action plans to bring the hospital into compliance with CMS Conditions of Participation. Following a successful survey on July 22, 2009, Cherry was deemed to be in full compliance with the Conditions of Participation for Acute Care Hospitals and the Special Conditions of Participation for Psychiatric Hospitals. The hospital will again be eligible to receive Medicare and Medicaid funds.

"We have seen tremendous change in Cherry Hospital over the course of the last several months," says Compass Clinical Consulting president, Cary D. Gutbezahl, MD. "We are confident in the ability of the hospital's leadership to continue the progress that has been made."

SECOND REVIVAL THIS YEAR

For Compass Clinical Consulting, Cherry is the second client to successfully regain Medicare and Medicaid funding in one year.

MEDICARE TERMINATION RECOVERY SERVICES

"We specialize in clinical operations and regulatory compliance. Our goal is to be the number one go-to resource that hospitals and healthcare systems think of when confronted with Medicare decertification," said Dr. Gutbezahl.

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Compass Clinical Consulting helps hospital leaders achieve clinical, operational, strategic, and labor cost optimization, better patient satisfaction, interim executive staffing, and regulatory & accreditation compliance. Corporate headquarters are located in Cincinnati, OH.

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