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St. Luke's directed to fix issues of lose Medicare subsidies

HOUSTON (AP) - An embattled Houston hospital that in the past year faced leadership changes, a loss of some government funding and questions about heart transplant patient deaths has been accused of violating patient safety and quality care requirements.     

The Houston Chronicle reports state regulators on Tuesday notified Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center of the latest issues and gave the hospital 10 days to submit a detailed plan of correction or risk losing Medicare funding.     

The termination warning follows a two-week inspection done in April by state and federal regulators.      The April inspection came after St. Luke's board fired three of the hospital's chief executives over a blood transfusion mishap.     

St. Luke's president Doug Lawson says he's confident that the hospital will meet all of the requirements and keep federal subsidies.     

Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com

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