Feds Threaten to Pull Funding From American Indian Hospitals Over Shoddy Conditions
Medicare and Medicaid funding is on the line for Native American-run hospitals in Indian country after federal health care regulators this week cited a tribal facility for deficiencies in care to patients and poor administration. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services — which administers health care programs for the needy, disabled and elderly — noted earlier this month that patients at Sioux San Hospital in Rapid City, South Dakota, are in "immediate jeopardy" of serious injury, harm, impairment or death, the Associated Press reported.
It's the third time in recent months that a South Dakota hospital serving Native Americans has been found to have serious deficiencies. Each of the facilities is run by the Indian Health Service, an ailing network of hospitals located on and off American-Indian reservations. Officials inspected the facility unannounced between May 10 and 12.