Medicare agency drops MU Health Care investigation

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 | 12:00 p.m. CST; updated 8:31 p.m. CST, Tuesday, January 29, 2013

COLUMBIA — A federal Medicare regulator has dropped its inquiry into deficiencies at MU Health Care after the university pledged to make changes.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services outlined violations at the university health system's allergy clinic in October. The university responded with a list of planned fixes but also pointed out that the clinic is considered a doctor's office and not part of University Hospital, which requires federal certification.

The federal agency accepted that explanation and decided in late November against further penalizing the university.

The health system provided The Associated Press with copies of the letters to and from the Medicare oversight agency but did not release the list of deficiencies or its responses.

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