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Feds Threaten To Pull Funding From Arizona State Hospital

The federal government is threatening to pull funding from the Arizona State Hospital because of problems affecting patient care and safety identified in a recent inspection.

Arizona Department of Health Services Director Will Humble says there is little chance of that and the hospital has already taken corrective action. A letter to the hospital gives the agency until Friday to file an improvement plan. That would allow it to continue to draw federal Medicare funds at the state's mental hospital in Phoenix. The hospital's annual report shows it received $11 million dollars from Medicare in 2011 and $52 million dollars from the state general fund. The November 12th letter from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services cites deficiencies in nursing care, patient rights and oversight. The hospital has about 320 patients.

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