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NH hospital to continue receiving Medicare funding

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 7, 2012 at 9:24 am •  Published: December 7, 2012

EXETER, N.H. (AP) — Exeter Hospital said Friday it is no longer in danger of losing its Medicare and Medicaid funding after problems were discovered following a hepatitis C outbreak last spring.

The hospital said that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has confirmed it is meeting all conditions of participation in the programs. In October, the government had said it planned to terminate the funding on Dec. 28 if the problems weren't fixed.

The CMS had pointed out hospital deficiencies as early as July, such as improving policies on controlling infections and administering drugs. The inspection was trigged by the case of David Kwiatkowski, a former cardiac catheterization lab worker accused of stealing drugs from the hospital and replacing them with tainted syringes that were later used on patients.

The hospital said the CMS made its determination after a follow-up survey on Monday and Tuesday. A three-person team focused on standards that apply to the hospital's governing body, infection control, medication security, quality assurance, facilities and security.

"I wish to express my deepest gratitude to all of our dedicated staff who serve our organization with integrity and professionalism while delivery extraordinary care to our patients every day," hospital CEO Kevin Callahan said in a statement.

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