Interlochen Public Radio has learned the state is reviewing Munson Medical Center in Traverse City for compliance with Medicare regulations.
The state Department of Community Health last November found a "serious problem" that could "impact patient care and safety." State regulators would not give more details.
It's been nine years since the state has had this type of concern with the hospital, but Munson Chief Operating Officer Kathleen McManus says, after a follow-up with the state, she's confident the hospital has made the needed changes.
"This is not an unusual practice at all," she says. "We went through the review this past week, and their remarks as they exited the facility, they were complimentary of Munson Medical Center."
McManus says the state's concerns were chiefly with how workers documented observations and patient care, and the hospital had to make some changes to procedures for placing patients in restraints.
"Even a real soft restraint, so a patient doesn't pull a tube or I.V. out, and so forth, those have to only be ordered by physicians according to Michigan Department of Community Health," she says. "We have changed our practice to that higher level."
The state conducted a follow-up review this month, and is compiling a report.