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Time is up for All Children's to fix issues that feds say puts patients in jeopardy

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) - Sunday is the deadline for Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital to submit its “corrective action plan” to fix issues found by federal inspectors last month.

Inspectors found issues in key areas that pose an "immediate or serious threat to patient health and safety."

Unless the hospital corrects problems identified in a January inspection, it won't be eligible for Medicare payments.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services found All Children's has been out of compliance to receive payments in four areas — its governing body, quality assurance performance improvement, medical staff and infection control — since last September.

News Channel 8 reached out to Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital on Saturday, before the deadline, to check and get more information about how the issues will be resolved.

Kim Hoppe, a spokeswoman for the hospital, sent us this statement: 

"We take these findings seriously and are continuing to work in close coordination and consultation with both AHCA and CMS to immediately address their concerns. We will submit our corrective action plan by their deadline tomorrow in areas including governance, physician credentialing, quality improvement planning and infection control. The safety of our patients is our top priority. We are confident in the work we are doing to ensure that our hospital continues to meet the highest standards of care."

Multiple requests for an on-camera interview with someone from All Children’s Hospital went unanswered.

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