The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) today announced that William R. Sharpe, Jr. Hospital (Sharpe) has been readmitted to the Medicare program through the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
“This is a huge feat for Sharpe Hospital and DHHR and demonstrates that the Sharpe team is providing quality care to its patients,” said Bill J. Crouch, Cabinet Secretary of DHHR. “It has taken a true team effort to get Sharpe to this point and we will continue to ensure compliance and quality care are continued.”
The action taken by CMS in September 2017 to terminate Sharpe from participation in the Medicare program meant that Sharpe could not admit Medicare patients. The primary issues for termination from the CMS Medicare program were based on inadequate and insufficient documentation relating to patient treatment plans and a lack of interventional follow up.
After nearly two years of the recertification process and CMS surveys, CMS determined that Sharpe successfully met all requirements and is in compliance with the Special Conditions for Psychiatric Hospitals and participation in the CMS Medicare program.
“This accomplishment is a direct result of how our staff has committed to changing the course of Sharpe Hospital,” said Patrick Ryan, CEO of Sharpe. “The past two years have seen many changes in our approach to delivering patient care and the processes that guide our daily work. I am confident the Sharpe team is on the right path with the care and treatment we provide to our patients.”
In addition, within the last couple of weeks, the Joint Commission conducted a survey of Sharpe and awarded the hospital a three-year certification.