Psych hospital funds in jeopardy after inspection

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Federal officials say a troubled Las Vegas psychiatric hospital isn't meeting standards and could lose Medicare funding if problems aren't fixed within two weeks.

The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services sent a letter Thursday to Southern Nevada Mental Health Services, threatening to cut the funds by April 7.

CMS says a Nov. 8 inspection found Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital is not meeting requirements related to its governing body, nursing services and Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement program.

Nevada health department spokeswoman Mary Woods told the Las Vegas Sun the agency will meet the Jan. 22 deadline and promised no disruption in service.

The hospital has been under scrutiny since last spring, when The Sacramento Bee first reported a patient was bused to California without a follow-up care plan.

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