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Medicare Stops Payments at Psychiatric Hospital

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says Medicare has halted payments to a West Virginia psychiatric hospital because it is not in compliance with the program’s requirements for a psychiatric hospital.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Medicare will not make payments for beneficiaries who are admitted to William R. Sharpe, Jr. Hospital effective Wednesday. Officials say it will continue to make payments for up to 30 days for beneficiaries admitted before Wednesday.

The department’s termination letter does not specify the requirements with which the Weston hospital did not comply, but state officials said they were aware of the details.

“The main reasons for the decision were due to inadequate documentation and insufficient treatment plans and follow up,” DHHS spokeswoman Allison Adler said. “Secretary (Bill) Crouch continues to work with CMS regarding this issue in regards to the final determination.”

She added, “The health and well-being of the patients will remain our priority.”

Federal officials did not respond to the newspaper’s request for additional information about the Sharpe Hospital termination.

Sharpe Hospital is one of two state-run psychiatric hospitals in West Virginia. The 150-bed acute-care facility opened in 1994.