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Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital risks losing federal funding

Molly Waldron

Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital risks losing federal funding

CREATED Apr. 26, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued a letter on Thursday to Nevada health officials saying Rawson-Neal may be subject to termination of its Medicare provider agreement. 

This comes after the federal agency surveyed the hospital in March and reported serious deficiencies in discharge policies. 

"We work with the hospitals, but the burden is now with the hospital to correct those policies," said Rufus Arther with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid.

The hospital must submit evidence of policy changes within ten days or lose a significant amount of federal funding. 

"It could be 50 percent or up to 80 percent depending on the hospital," Arther said. 

Earlier, Action News reported on Rodrick Hicks, a former patient of Rawson Neal. His mother said he was discharged earlier this week, given a bus pass and sent on his way.

Rawson Neal said according to their records, no bus pass was issued from their facility to Rodrick Hicks. They can't give any additional information without patient consent, and Hicks declined to sign a release. 

The hospital went on to say they have no policy on in-state transportation for their patients.