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Updated Mar 14, 2014 - 3:08 pm

Arizona hospital no longer at risk at of losing Medicare funds

PHOENIX — Arizona State Hospital is now in compliance with federal
regulations and is no longer at risk of losing its Medicare funding.

A letter from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services dated March 10
stated that the psychiatric hospital now meets requirements to continue
receiving Medicare funding. The hospital was notified in November that
deficiencies in nursing care, patient rights and the hospital’s oversight board
could result in it losing its Medicare funds.

The hospital has about 320 patients in three units, for civilly committed
mentally ill patients, for people sent to the hospital by criminal courts, and a
sexually violent persons unit. The inspection covered only the civil commitment
side.

The hospital received $11 million in Medicare and $52 million from the state
general fund in 2011.

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