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Eastern State geriatric unit loses $10 million in Medicaid funds

Eastern State geriatric unit loses $10 million in Medicaid funds

The geriatric unit at Eastern State Hospital, which houses almost 80 senior citizens with severe mental illnesses, lost its Medicaid funding — a $10 million hit for fiscal year 2016 — effective Wednesday. In withdrawing funding, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, which administers Medicaid, noted that "a nursing facility may not be an institution for mental diseases" or used for the treatment of those admitted involuntarily and kept in a locked facility. In a letter sent to legislators this week, Debra Ferguson, commissioner for the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, the agency that oversees the state...

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