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Government Extension Revives Hopes of Keeping St. Joseph Medical Center Open

St. Joseph Medical Center downtown staved off possible closure last week (Nov. 24, 2015), after receiving an extension on a deadline from the federal government. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid is giving St. Joseph until Jan. 15 to come up with a plan to correct some issues the agency says put patients in jeopardy. The […]

St. Joseph Medical Center downtown staved off possible closure last week (Nov. 24, 2015), after receiving an extension on a deadline from the federal government.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid is giving St. Joseph until Jan. 15 to come up with a plan to correct some issues the agency says put patients in jeopardy. The CMS originally said it would stop paying the hospital for elderly and poor patients under Medicare and Medicaid, respectively, as early as tomorrow (Dec. 3, 2015), after six months of violations at the facility.

The loss of the funds could be enough to force Houston’s oldest hospital to close, and with it the city could lose a hundred or so psychiatric beds, which are often hard to come by. But the extension gives new hope that the hospital could remain open.

To get a better understanding of the situation at St. Joseph, we talk with Markian Hawryluk, health reporter for the Houston Chronicle.

MORE:
St. Joseph Could Close After Termination from Federal Programs (Houston Chronicle, Nov. 16, 2015)
St. Joseph to Retain Federal Funds While Working on Improvement Plan (Houston Chronicle, Nov. 24, 2015)

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