Hospital that offers patient options for health care enters ninth month without federal reimbursement

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An independent Texas community hospital known for allowing patients to choose individualized care plans is entering its ninth month without Medicare reimbursement for reasons a patient advocate says “don’t add up.”

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) terminated its agreement with the United Memorial Medical Center (UMMC) on January 11, 2022, “based on serious and continuing findings of deficiencies” showing a “failure to meet required minimum standards in patient safety and quality”. standards,” CMS told The Epoch Times.

“These were serious findings of facility failures to meet basic federal health and safety requirements,” CMS said. “Despite several opportunities to correct their non-compliance, UMMC has failed to ensure the health, safety and well-being of its patients.”

The UMMC is one of the most 40 health establishments whose CMS reimbursement agreements ended in 2022.

Priscilla Romans, former nurse and patient advocacy business owner Graith Carehad clients transported to UMMC in Houston, Texas, after discovering that the hospitals the patients came from were implementing protocols that the patients had not agreed to, i.e. without consent enlightened.

“It’s a small hospital that serves a poor community,” Romans told The Epoch Times. “It delays access to care, forcing people to go to these other big hospitals which I guarantee you would have their own compliance issues if they had to be inspected.”

One of those patients was Scott Quiner, whom Romans had left a hospital in Minnesota and flown to UMMC because it allowed Quiner to use Frontline COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance (FLCCC), which include hydroxychloroquine, zinc and vitamin C.

Anne Quiner had to ask a lawyer to file a restraining order to stop the Minnesota hospital from removing her husband Scott from a ventilator. The hospital responded by objecting on the grounds that Anne’s position was not “supported by medical science” before asking the court for an order allowing the hospital to remove Scott from the ventilator, which would have killed.

The judge sided with the Quiners’ attorney, and on January 15, it was Graith Care who helped organize a team to transfer Scott to another facility.

When Scott arrived in Texas, he was reported to be malnourished, dehydrated, 30 pounds underweight, and his doctors were “horrified” by his condition; but on January 20 he reportedly became responsive and was “making huge progress”.

Scott Quiner later died on January 22.

“He had suffered too much already and so much had been thrown at him without proper nutrition,” Romans said. “After a while, all his organs were in pain.”

“Do we really need a hospital closed now?”

Hospitals with CMS agreements are reimbursed for the use of what have become controversial treatment protocols for COVID-19, which include the use of remdesivir, a drug which, according to a study found in the New England Journal of Medicine, killed 53% of people who took it.

Many doctors, nurses and other medical professionals have spoken out against these protocols, calling them “brutal” and claiming they have resulted in the death of some patients.

Romans said she started Graith Care to give patients more options in their healthcare, she said, and UMMC became a place she trusted.

Families and patients use patient advocacy services like Graith Care when they are dissatisfied with their current hospital care, Romans said.

“Our job is to advocate and find options, and right now, a critical care physician at UMMC is offering options that are on the FLCCC protocol, and they’ve been successful in many situations,” a- she declared.

Romans said she is now looking at other hospitals that offer these options so Graith Care can have more options of where to send patients.

“There are 64 million patients enrolled in Medicare in January 2022, and they deserve to have access to the care options they want,” she said.

For Romans, the decision to end reimbursement “just doesn’t count because the hospital is doing a great job.”

“And think about it: do we really need a hospital closed right now?” she asked.

Refunds

Tom Renz, an attorney with America’s Frontline Doctors and Make Americans Free Again, organizations that oppose unconstitutional federal health care mandates, spoke to The Epoch Times about the refunds.

Renz said hospitals receive federal funding through the CARES Act, which gives a 20% increase in refunds to hospitals for hospital stays resulting from COVID-19.

“The laws are structured in such a way as to incentivize hospitals to kill people,” he said. “The hospital makes more money if you die from COVID-19 than if you recover from it. Why aren’t we incentivizing hospitals to cure people of COVID? »

Not only does the federal government incite death, Renz said, it now penalizes hospitals that don’t follow its protocols but instead allow safe and effective treatments.

“You have a hospital that serves low-income people in poor neighborhoods where there’s a need for health services, and they pulled their funding,” Renz said.

Renz questioned why CMS did not investigate the hospital Scott Quiner was airlifted from given the allegations his wife Anne had made against him.

“Are they investigating the hospital that actually said in their response to a temporary restraining order filed against them that they are going to ask in a court order that they be allowed to withdraw life support of Anne’s husband and let him die against their wishes? Renz asked. “What kind of investigation has CMS done on this?” They knew Anne wanted her husband to live, and they were going to remove life support against his will, even though she was the only person with the authority to make that decision.

Alleged violations

The CMS reported some examples of its findings: a situation in which a patient died after being placed in an area where staff could not hear the patient’s ventilator alarms; repeated failure of the hospital to provide access to the emergency department; failure to protect patients and staff from the risk of smoke inhalation, entrapment and possible death from fire; and inadequate procedures to prevent the risk of patient infection through cross-contamination.

“Involuntary termination is usually the last resort after all other attempts to remedy the noncompliance have been exhausted,” CMS said.

CMS said it was in discussion with emergency management officials regarding access to the hospital “to ensure the health care needs of the community can be met”.

“We can’t just close our doors”

Duni Hebron, UMMC’s director of communications and government relations, told The Epoch Times that the hospital is working to correct the issues for future inspection.

“We have made extremely significant progress,” she said.

One of the measures that the hospital has taken is to have consultants who carry out inspections of the hospital to assess the improvements in the hospital.

Hebron added that the UMMC continues to treat patients even though it is not reimbursed.

“We can’t just close our doors because in our hearts we can’t turn anyone away without treatment,” she said.

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