Osawatomie State Hospital loses Medicare Funding

The Associated Press announced 18 hours ago, a Kansas mental hospital will lose federal Medicare funds today because it falls short of meeting regulations. Osawatomie State Hospital is one of the two mental hospitals in Kansas.

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) told the state it will no longer pay for new patients. According to CMS, the hospital does not comply with part of the Social Security Act requiring a hospital to provide services sufficient to meet patient needs.

After today, December 21st, 2015, the state will pay costs of caring for the facility’s patients, according to Angela de Rocha, spokeswoman for the Kansas Department of Aging & Disability Services.

Osawatomie State Hospital loses Medicare Funding

A notice in the Osawatomie Graphic Newspaper on Wednesday, said Osawatomie State Hospital was determined to be in noncompliance during a survey conducted on November 3rd, 2015 (reported by The Wichita Eagle). Federal Inspectors visited the hospital again Friday, before CMS informed the state of its decision to no longer provide funding.

de Rocha said, “The survey revealed a condition or circumstance that would put someone’s life or well-being in jeopardy.” She also said the state had tried working to correct compliance violations but apparently the corrections were not satisfactory and did not meet federal standards.

Kari Bruffett, the Department’s Secretary, said the hospital will continue to care for and treat its patients. “The hospital intends to seek Medicare recertification immediately,” Bruffett said Friday. “During that process, the hospital will continue to accept patients. Osawatomie staff will continue to work diligently to meet certification standards.”

Osawatomie State Hospital is located in Miami County near the Missouri State Line. The state’s other mental hospital is in Larned County. Both institutions care for people who are a danger to themselves or others and patients usually are admitted involuntarily.

Earlier this year, Federal Officials raised safety concerns at Osawatomie State Hospital regarding fixtures in the ceilings, stating that patients could use those to hang themselves.

Osawatomie State Hospital put a cap on the number of admissions while renovations were made in an effort to comply with Federal Standards. The work limited the number of beds available, which led to a waiting list that has persisted since June of 2015.

Osawatomie State Hospital was established in 1855 and has previously been named the “Kansas Insane Asylum” and the “State Insane Asylum” but officially changed to its present name in 1901. The hospital is intended for adults with serious mental illness, persons with mental health & substance abuse disorders and forensic clients. Osawatomie State Hospital serves patients from 46 counties in the eastern third of the state, including the most populous Kansas counties. It’s licensed to have 206 beds.

For more information regarding Osawatomie State Hospital and mental health coverage, please contact a licensed sales agent at 866-466-9118.