Winnebago tribal hospital to lose Medicare funding

2014-05-27T21:00:00Z 2014-08-04T22:34:08Z Winnebago tribal hospital to lose Medicare fundingDAVE DREESZEN Sioux City Journal

WINNEBAGO, Neb. | The Winnebago Indian Health Services Hospital's Medicare agreement will be terminated June 4, according to a public notice from the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

After that date, the northeast Nebraska hospital will no longer be reimbursed for treating patients enrolled in the health care program for the elderly and disabled.

In a legal notice published, CMS said it has "determined that the Winnebago IHS is "not in substantial compliance" with Medicare regulations for hospitals.

But John Blackhawk, chairman of the Winnebago Tribe, said the hospital is working with the CMS to avert that funding cutoff by forging a plan of action to correct the federal agency's concerns.

Experts with the Indian Health Service have been brought in to assist with the plan, which includes demonstrating additional training the hospital staff has completed, he said.

Blackhawk stressed the Winnebago hospital remains open and continues to serve patients.

Losing access to Medicare funding would be devastating for the rural hospital, which receives around $2 million annually from the program, he said.

Winnebago IHS Hospital CEO Patricia Medina declined comment Tuesday.

The CMS, which oversees the Medicare and Medicaid programs, was not immediately available for comment Tuesday.

In a May 2 letter, the CMS warned the Winnebago hospital could lose its Medicare funding if it failed to correct a series of alleged deficiencies.

The action was triggered by an incident involving an identified patient who was admitted for respiratory problems and died April 17.

After an investigation, CMS concluded the hospital's nursing staff failed to meet the needs of the patient during the inpatient stay. The federal government agency found that conditions within the hospital "posed an immediate and serious threat to the health and safety of patients."

Copyright 2015 Sioux City Journal. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Business Search

Latest Offers

View More

Featured Businesses

View More

Community Calendar

Calendar Sponsor

Top Jobs


Seasonal Driver

Security Guard

Class A Drivers

Inside Sales Representative

Freezer Workers

Now Hiring


Openings for 2015-2016 school year


multiple openings

Electrical Apprenticeship

Nursing Assistant

Director of Animal Health

Now Hiring

Program Coordinator

PT Apartment Maintenance Tech

Chair Rental Available


Now Hiring


maintenance mechanic

9 Month Faculty Instructor

PT RN, PT Dietary Aide

Meditech Pharmacy Support Analyst

Full-Time General Production

FT Motor Coach Operator

Dietary Aid & Cook

IT Technology Specialist

Van Drivers Wanted NOW!

Local Drivers & O/O

Direct Support Staff

Now Hiring

Director, Educational Services

Farm Commodities Specialist


Tow Truck Driver

Sign Installer

General Production

Office Position

Clinical Director




Poll: Would you be more likely to watch a Major League Baseball game if a pitch clock was used?

View Results