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Conn. Payments To Hospitals ‘On Hold’ Because Of Budget Problems

In other hospital news, the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services will likely reduce the number of treatment beds available. Also, a series of reports from the Washington state Auditor's Office continue to point out problems with the management of Western State Hospital.

The Associated Press: Malloy Putting Hospital Payments On Hold Due To Budget Woes
Connecticut hospitals are being notified they may not receive about $150 million in anticipated payments because of state budget problems. Office of Policy and Management Secretary Ben Barnes informed hospital chief financial officers this week the Department of Social Services will hold off until Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's administration finds ways to address the budget deficit. His letter was released Thursday. (3/3)

The Associated Press: Psychiatric Hospital Overpays Doctor Almost $72,000
A state fraud investigation released Thursday found that a physician at Western State Hospital was paid almost $72,000 for hours that he did not work and that the hospital has failed to adequately monitor its doctors' attendance. The findings by the Washington state Auditor's Office are the latest in a series of reports that are critical of the way the 800-bed psychiatric hospital is being run. The facility is under threat of losing millions in Medicare and Medicaid funds after federal investigators found safety violations that placed patients at risk. It also is under a federal injunction for failing to provide timely competency services to mentally ill defendants. (Bellisle, 3/3)

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