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Report: Dozens Of Deficiencies Found At Reservation Hospitals

The Associated Press reports on federal findings that hospitals on the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Indian Reservations are providing substandard care for their patients. The Department of Health and Human Services calls the deficiencies "unacceptable" and says it is working with Indian Health Services to improve the facilities.

The Associated Press: Report Details Issues At Reservation Hospitals
Broken sanitation equipment, a baby delivered unattended in a bathroom, doctors operating without credentials and lack of immediate care in the emergency department are among the dozens of serious deficiencies federal inspectors found last year during unannounced visits to two federally administered hospitals that provide care to Native Americans. The Associated Press obtained records of the inspections, which were conducted in October and November by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare at hospitals on the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Indian Reservations, showing that patients were receiving substandard services — so much so in one emergency room that it put lives at risk. (Cano, 1/28)

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