- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

ROSEBUD, S.D. (AP) - The management of an embattled hospital on the Rosebud Indian Reservation could be privatized under a proposal from the federal agency responsible for the facility.

The Indian Health Service is suggesting the privatization as part of a plan to significantly improve the hospital’s quality of care.

The agency and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have until Friday to reach a last-chance remediation agreement. Without an agreement, the hospital won’t be allowed to bill the government for services provided to Medicare- and Medicaid-eligible patients after May 16.

The Argus Leader (https://argusne.ws/1TwWBUC ) reports leadership from both agencies discussed a draft of the agreement with tribal leaders Tuesday. The proposed privatization comes in addition to agency’s ongoing effort to find a third party to manage the facility’s shuttered emergency department.

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Information from: Argus Leader, https://www.argusleader.com

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