South Dakota hospital's Medicare funding in crosshairs once again

CMS threatened to end Rosebud (S.D.) Indian Health Service Hospital's Medicare contract last year, and now new problems have been detected at the facility, according to the Rapid City Journal.

Last year, CMS identified a number of patient safety issues at the facility, including broken sterilizing equipment and reports of a woman giving birth to a premature baby on a bathroom floor. The hospital subsequently closed its emergency room and submitted an action plan to CMS to address the deficiencies.

However, the hospital's Medicare funding is once again at issue, as new violations have been identified. Although he couldn't discuss specific problems, CMS Denver Regional Office spokesman Mike Fierberg told the Rapid City Journal a new corrective action plan is being negotiated.

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