The Med's Corrective Plan Approved; Medicare Funds to Continue

SEPTEMBER 7, 2006 - Posted at 4:03 p.m. CDT

MEMPHIS, TN - A plan to correct problems at the Regional Medical Center was accepted by federal officials, allowing the hospital serving three Mid-South states to receive Medicare funds.

Federal authorities had given officials at The Med until Saturday to fix errors uncovered by state inspectors last month.  The Med, which is the trauma and burn center for a region that includes eastern Arkansas, as well as parts of Mississippii and Tennessee, submitted a 43-page plan last week and received word of its approval Tuesday afternoon.

The state inspectors, based on a review of hospital records, pointed to breakdowns in radiology services that have led to delays of up to 18 hours in providing x-rays for patients.  It also found surgery problems including a "foreign body" left in one patient and an orthopedic pin implanted in the wrong leg of another.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)