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Clinic that performed Joan Rivers' final surgery loses federal funding

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The medical center, Yorkville Endoscopy, where Joan Rivers had her final surgery before her Sept. 4 death is losing its federal funding at the end of January.

In October, the New York medical examiner’s office confirmed that Rivers died from complications of throat surgery, which she received at Yorkville Endoscopy. The doctor who performed the surgery stepped down soon after Rivers’ death.

According to a letter that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services sent to Yorkville Endoscopy, CMS “determined that Yorkville Endoscopy no longer meets the Conditions for Coverage for a supplier of Ambulatory Surgical Center services.” 

Yorkville Endoscopy is listed as being non-compliant with the following Conditions for Coverag: Governing Body and Management, Surgical Services, Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement, and Environment.

As a result, the center will “no longer be eligible to receive federal funds for services provided to Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries” beginning Jan. 31.

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