TULSA, Okla. — Oklahoma and federal officials have taken steps to cut off government funding to a Tulsa youth psychiatric hospital after a facility inspection.
The Oklahoma Health Care Authority told Shadow Mountain Behavioral Health System officials in a letter last week that it’ll end three SoonerCare contracts with the facility July 31, the Tulsa World (http://bit.ly/2rIPSRn ) reported.
Hospital officials said the action is “unwarranted.”
In a statement, Shadow Mountain Chief Executive Officer Mike Kistler said the hospital hopes to have the opportunity to show the authority that it provides quality care to its patients and plays a significant role in caring for Oklahoma residents with mental health issues.
The Joint Commission accreditation agency downgraded the hospital’s status in May to “preliminary denial of accreditation” after investigators found “an immediate threat to life” during an unannounced visit to the facility.
A state Health Department survey found the facility failed to protect and promote patient rights, failed to follow hospital policy on the use of restraints and seclusion, and failed to properly maintain patient medical records.
Oklahoma Department of Human Services officials have indicated they will no longer send children to the hospital routinely. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will also terminate its Medicare contract in August unless the hospital takes corrective action.
The Oklahoma State Department of Health is reviewing a Shadow Mountain “plan of action” that addresses the deficiencies found in the survey, said Cody McDonell, a spokesman with the department.
Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com