Karmanos center passes surprise federal inspection

Karen Bouffard
The Detroit News

The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center in Detroit passed a surprise inspection Wednesday and is back in compliance with federal regulations, the center announced Thursday.

Karmanos had failed an earlier inspection in late January by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as part of a broad investigation into dirty surgical instruments at Detroit Medical Center hospitals. During that visit, inspectors found violations at the center related to handling of bio-hazards, and wearing of protective clothing by some staffers. The cancer center implemented a plan of improvements.

The government agency confirmed Thursday that inspectors had returned to the cancer center for a follow-survey Wednesday and no deficiencies were found.

The cancer center, which is not a DMC facility, is located on the health system’s Midtown campus and performs surgeries at the DMC’s Harper University Hospital.

“Our health care teams place a high priority on patient safety and providing the best quality of cancer care to patients,” Karmanos said in a statement. “We are pleased that the actions of our dedicated and caring employees are recognized by and meet the high standards of state and federal regulators.”

Three DMC hospitals also were inspected as part of the January sweep. Children’s Hospital of Michigan failed its inspection with inspectors citing issues with infection control and other problems. Inspectors at Harper University and Detroit Receiving hospitals found some violations, but the hospitals were deemed in compliance with federal certification requirements.

In a statement on its website, the DMC noted that CMS has accepted plans of correction for all three hospitals. Children’s has until May 23 to pass an unannounced inspection or could risk loss of state and federal Medicaid funding. CMS confirmed that Children’s was not inspected Wednesday.

“As part of this process, CMS will conduct a follow-up survey to ensure DMC is in compliance with the Medicare Conditions of Participation for hospitals,” DMC said. “We will continue to work collaboratively with CMS until all matters are resolved.”