Brattleboro Hospital Gets CMS Approval For Corrections Plan

Nov 25, 2015

Federal regulators have accepted a plan of corrections from Brattleboro Memorial Hospital following an unannounced site visit from the Division of Licensing and Protection.

State inspectors, representing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services visited BMH on October 21 to determine if the hospital was in compliance with federal regulations.

During the three-day survey inspectors found four minor regulatory violations in the hospital's record keeping, physical plant maintenance and infection control systems.

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Kat McGraw says the hospital developed a plan to address the violations, and that plan was accepted this week.

"When they're here we have a dialogue with them," McGraw says. "The fact that they are clinical folks who are here looking at everything means that we can get some feedback from them, have some discussions back and forth about ways to improve our quality of care. So something like this is really just an opportunity and we really appreciate the recommendations."

McGraw says state inspectors did not make any nursing recommendations following the visit.

The hospital says it will better protect medical records from water damage, improve medical record security plans, develop a cleaning and maintenance plan for the operating room vent system and update the infection control program.