Rawson-Neal no longer in danger of losing Medicare

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Federal officials say Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital in Las Vegas is meeting standards and is no longer in jeopardy of losing Medicare funding.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services wrote a letter to state officials Wednesday saying it won't move forward with threats to cut funding this month.

The agency had issued a warning Jan. 9, saying the hospital wasn't meeting requirements related to its governing body, nursing services and Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement program. The letter said the hospital was also out of compliance with fire codes.

Federal agencies conducted a follow-up inspection on March 12 and determine the problems were addressed.

The news is a positive development for the mental hospital, which faced allegations of improperly discharging patients and sending them out of state without follow-up care.

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