2 reservation hospitals now face funding-cutoff deadline
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A second troubled government-run hospital on a Native American reservation in South Dakota was given an extension Friday to reach an agreement with federal officials to make significant quality-of-care improvements to avoid losing its Medicare and Medicaid funds.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services notified the administration of the hospital on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation about the extension a little more than a month after the hospital on the Rosebud Indian Reservation received the same extension. The latest notification comes days after the top officials at the Indian Health Service, which administers the hospitals, met with tribal leaders and pledged to improve the services provided at the facilities.