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Manhattan clinic where Joan Rivers was treated loses accreditation

UPI News Service, 01/13/2015 

The Manhattan clinic where Joan Rivers had a medical procedure that resulted in her death is losing its federal accreditation.

The Yorkville Endoscopy Center is no longer eligible to receive Medicare and Medicaid funds due to non-compliance with federal standards, a survey by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services said.

"Based on the findings of the survey completed on Dec. 17, 18 and 19, 2014, Yorkville Endoscopy no longer meets the requirements for participation as a supplier of services in the Medicare program," the agency said in a statement Monday.

The clinic came under fire in August after Rivers had cardiac arrest and stopped breathing while undergoing a procedure on her throat. The comedian died Sept. 4.

A report released by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services in November found the clinic had a number of violations.

The federal agency found that Rivers' blood pressure and pulse had plummeted for about 15 minutes before cardiopulmonary resuscitation was attempted on her.

"The physicians in charge of the care of the patient failed to identify deteriorating vital signs and provide timely intervention during the procedure," the report said.

The report also found the clinic failed to record Rivers' weight before administering medication; failed to consistently document the dose of Propofol, a sedative, she was given; failed to get informed consent from Rivers; failed to make sure she received care only from physicians given privilege; and failed to abide by its own cell phone policy when a photo was taken of Rivers under sedation.

The clinic was told to follow a plan to correct the violations, but on Monday, the agency said it would pull the clinic's accreditation due to continued non-compliance with management and surgical services.

Yorkville Endoscopy Clinic issued a statement saying it intended to work with "all regulatory bodies" to have the accreditation reinstated.

"Yorkville continues to be a licensed facility and perform procedures while cooperating with the regulatory process," the statement said.

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