- Associated Press - Friday, October 3, 2014

BRATTLEORO, Vt. (AP) - An official at the Brattleboro Retreat psychiatric hospital says the facility failed an inspection by state and federal regulators looking into a series of recurring problems.

Retreat spokesman Konstantin von Krusenstiern (KAHN-stan-teen KROOZ’-ehn-sturn) says a three-day inspection this week made clear that the hospital had not met the concerns of regulators.

But he told the Rutland Herald (http://bit.ly/1vDhDG2 ) Friday an interim plan was worked out Thursday, with the assistance of Gov. Peter Shumlin, to ensure the hospital does not lose nearly $30 million in federal Medicare and Medicaid funding.

He says the hospital, which has a wing devoted to state psychiatric patients, has agreed to bring in an independent consultant.

The problems started with a suicide attempt in May. There have also been patient safety issues.

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