Federal funds continue for Fayetteville hospital

January 19, 2012 2:36:09 PM PST
Cape Fear Valley Medical Center announced Thursday that it has entered a partnership with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that will allow the center to continue receiving federal funds.

The hospital has come under fire in recent months after a mother claimed her son died in the emergency room last April from an apparent choke hold by hospital employees. A criminal investigation is now underway after a state medical examiner ruled that Andre Walker's death was a homicide.

In a press release the hospital said it has been working with an organization to make improvements in their emergency room. There is now an additional doctor and clinical person to care for patients.

Cape Fear Valley Health Chief Executive Officer, Michael Nagowski said the partnership between the hospital and CMS has provided more than $450,000 over the years. By continuing the collaboration, he expects it to "further enhance our operations and quality."

The hospital was in jeopardy of losing $23 million a month from Medicare and Medicaid had the agreement not been reached before midnight Thursday.

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