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Hospital in Patient Dumping Scandal Might Lose Certification

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LAS VEGAS -- The mental health facility at the center of Nevada's patient dumping scandal might not receive accreditation from a major quality assurance organization.

The Joint Commission issued a preliminary denial of accreditation to Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital in downtown Las Vegas for its hospital facility. Its lab and behavioral health operation remain accredited.

According to the report, a preliminary denial of accreditation "results when there is justification to deny accreditation to a health care organization due to one or more of the following:

  • An immediate threat to health or safety for patients or the public
  • Failure to resolve the requirements of an Accreditation with Follow-up Survey status after two opportunities to do so
  • Failure to resolve the requirements of a Contingent Accreditation status
  • Significant noncompliance with Joint Commission standards.

This decision is subject to review and appeal before the determination to deny accreditation."

The I-Team previously reported on at least one man who said he was put on a bus to Sacramento, where he knew no one, with only medicine and drinks. Others have questioned the hospital's discharging procedures, forcing Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval to issue a statement in April explaining the action his administration is taking to monitor the facility.

The Joint Commission describes itself as an independent, not-for-profit organization that accredits and certifies more than 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States.

State officials have 60 days to appeal the temporary denial of accreditation.

In a statement, the state's Department of Health and Human Services said, "We are disappointed by the Joint Commission's decision to move for a Preliminary Denial of Accreditation, which appears to be based on outdated survey information and is not an accurate reflection of the hospital's current practices and policies.

"Governor Sandoval is calling for special legislative action to expedite the authorization of funds already budgeted for additional improvements."

Since the legislative session is over, that action the state will take will likely be the legislative interim finance committee.

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