State hospital’s bid for certification denied

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Federal regulators have denied the Vermont State Hospital’s application to regain certification and Medicare and Medicaid funding.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service said the decision was based on a Sept. 18 inspection, in which the hospital was found to have significant deficiencies.

Richard Shaw, CMS branch chief, says the "deficiencies are of such a serious nature as to substantially limit" the hospital’s capacity to provide adequate care.

Officials say the hospital, which twice lost its certification in recent years, was out of compliance in the areas of patient rights, medical record services, governing body and organ, tissue and eye procurement.

Mental Health Commissioner Michael Hartman says the state disagrees with some of the findings and will appeal.

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