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Houston hospital loses heart transplant Medicaid funding


August 17, 2018

HOUSTON (AP) — The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has stopped funding a Houston hospital's renowned heart transplant program amid scrutiny over patient deaths.

Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center lost the federal funding Friday under a decision announced in June, the Houston Chronicle reported. The federal health agency announced the decision after finding that the hospital hadn't done enough to correct issues that led to a high rate of patient deaths in recent years.

The hospital will no longer be able to bill Medicare and Medicaid for heart transplants.

Hospital officials didn'...

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