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Williamsburg psychiatric hospital loses Medicare funding

 

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — Eastern State Hospital in James City County has lost its Medicare funding after federal and state surveyors found the facility failed to comply with requirements of participation for psychiatric hospitals.

The Daily Press (http://bit.ly/1VGpRMs ) reports that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently submitted a termination notice, effective April 21, citing the hospital’s failure to correct a set of deficiencies surveyors noticed during a June survey of the Williamsburg hospital.

The notice says the hospital has since fixed only two of the three highlighted deficiencies. It is unclear which specific requirements weren’t met.

Maria Reppas, a spokeswoman for Virginia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, which oversees the hospital, says the termination won’t affect patients or services, but it will cost the facility $600,000 to $700,000 per year.

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Information from: Daily Press, http://www.dailypress.com/

 

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