- The Washington Times - Friday, December 27, 2002

Greater Southeast Community Hospital has received more bad news, but it was not unexpected. For the third time this year, the hospital failed to win full accreditation. Since the hospital is already in serious financial straits, this may mean a loss of Medicaid and other insurance reimbursements.
This week, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations found several deficiencies at Greater Southeast, some of them problems that there were not corrected after notices in February and last month. Some of the deficiencies are potentially life-threatening: Information in patients' charts is not updated in a timely manner for physicians, and physicians aren't checking on patients in a timely manner. Last week, poor maintenance meant backup generators failed to kick on during a 45-minute accidental blackout.
The owner of Greater Southeast, Doctors Community Healthcare Corp., and the owner's financier, National Century Financial Enterprises, have filed for bankruptcy. The District and the federal government are trying to keep the doors open. But, the hospital's lack of accreditation means that all its insurance reimbursements local, federal and private are in jeopardy as well they should be.
It is hoped that, by this time next month, D.C. and federal officials will have a better plan, because this is no way to run a hospital.

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