Arizona hospital to shut down after losing Medicare funding

The federal government terminated its Medicare contract with Douglas, Ariz.-based Cochise Regional Hospital July 10, and now the hospital is set to become the 55th rural hospital to close its doors since 2010, according to a Tucson Sentinel report.

The 25-bed hospital lost its Medicare funding due to concerns over patient care. CRH failed to comply with federal regulations during four surveys conducted between Feb. 19, 2014 and March 26, 2015.

Unable to operate without Medicare funds, the hospital is set to close Friday. Closing will cost 70 employees their jobs, according to the report.

The hospital has appealed the matter and asked a federal district judge to force the government to keep Medicare funds flowing to the hospital during the appeals process. However, in response to the court filing, the government said the hospital is "unlikely to succeed" in its appeal.

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