CMS Takes Steps To Suspend Medicare Payments to Nevada Mental Health Facility
In a letter sent to Nevada health officials on Friday, CMS said it is "initiating a process which could result in termination of [the] Medicare provider agreement" with Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital, which bused patients with mental illnesses to California and other states. According to CMS, recent surveys of the facility found that it is not in compliance with certain conditions required to receive payment for treating Medicare beneficiaries. The letter said that the hospital could retain its Medicare funding if administrators can prove that problems have been corrected. However, CMS said, "[m]ere plans of future correction or evidence of progress toward correction will not be sufficient."
- "Feds Move To Terminate Nevada Psychiatric Hospital's Medicare Funds" (Hubert/Reese, Sacramento Bee, 8/9).