Meriter allowed access to Medicare program following multiple investigations


MADISON, Wis. - A Madison hospital has been cleared by a federal agency following a lengthy set of investigations.

UnityPoint Health-Meriter is allowed continued access to the Medicare program, a spokesperson with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid confirmed. Meriter’s access to the program was in jeopardy after several investigations into the hospital.

CMS held its first inspection in February. It was prompted by allegations of abuse inside Meriter’s neonatal intensive care unit. CMS found that the hospital did not do enough to protect patients and prevent suspected abuse. Five newborns were found to have injuries ranging from bruising on their arms and legs to a broken arm, according to investigators.

The latest CMS inspection was routine and found Meriter to be in violation of life safety and fire codes. Meriter submitted a plan of correction that was approved by CMS following an unannounced inspection.

“As a result of the CMS review, we've become an even stronger organization for our community and continue to be focused on providing high quality care for our community,” Leah Huibregtse, a spokesperson with Meriter, wrote in a statement.

The Madison Police Department is conducting a criminal investigation iN to the reports of abuse. A nurse connected to the situation had their nursing license taken away and is no longer working at Meriter.