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Osawatomie faces important inspection

The Osawatomie State Hospital faces a critical test, as federal inspectors re-examine the inpatient psychiatric facility in northeast Kansas. Here’s hoping it passes. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services decertified the hospital late last year due to serious safety problems. The decertification triggered a loss of about $1 million a month in federal Medicare reimbursements. The new inspection will be only 60 of the hospital’s more than 200 beds. The state wants to make sure inspectors approve of that remodeling before embarking on an expensive revamp of the rest of the hospital, the Kansas Health Institute News Service reported. But the state also needs to show more urgency. The longer it takes to recertify the hospital, the more federal money it loses. – Phillip Brownlee