Riverside hospitals to keep Medicare funding

MURIETTA — Southwest Healthcare officials say they'll hire independent experts to improve quality of care at their hospitals as part of an agreement with federal regulators to continue Medicare funding past June 1.

Last month, state officials announced three fines totalling $225,000 for alleged failures in quality at the Riverside County-area hospitals, and federal officials said they planned to cut off Medicare funding.

Marc Miller, president of Southwest's parent company United Health Services, says a team of independent experts will be hired to put hospitals into compliance with federal regulations and propose improvements in the next year.

Federal regulators will survey the hospital again in one year to ensure it is in compliance.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times

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