Feds Give Joan Rivers Clinic More Time to Fix Faults or Lose Funding

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Federal health officials gave the Manhattan clinic where Joan Rivers suffered a fatal medical complication one extra month to correct deficiencies in management and surgical services before it stops receiving funds for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries.

Joan Rivers sustained severe brain damage, caused by a lack of oxygen, during an out-patient throat procedure on Aug. 28 at Yorkville Endoscopy.

Officials at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) decided Friday they would extend the center's Medicare health benefits agreement with the federal government 30 days - until March 2. At that time, health investigators will visit the facility again to assess compliance. On Monday, CMS said it would revoke the facility's federal benefits at the end of the month.

Yorkville Endoscopy issued a response Friday through a spokeperson: "CMS has agreed to extend the date of Yorkville's Medicare participation agreement ... [This will] provide Yorkville with the time necessary to evidence its compliance with CMS guidelines and be resurveyed. During this extension period, Yorkville will remain a Medicare participating facility."


-- Pei-Sze Cheng and Bill Briggs