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Joan Rivers Clinic Loses Federal Accreditation And Funding

The Manhattan clinic where Joan Rivers received a medical procedure and suffered severe brain damage will lose federal funding later this month.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) notified Yorkville Endoscopy that the clinic has failed to meet conditions for coverage as a facility that offers outpatient surgical care, according to NBC News.

Beginning January 31, the Manhattan medical facility will no longer be eligible for federal funding for services provided to Medicaid and Medicare beneficiaries. In a statement, CMS said the clinic no longer meets the requirements for a “supplier of ambulatory surgical center services.”

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We are continuing to work with all regulatory bodies. We intend to communicate with CMS and appropriate authorities to have the decision reversed. Yorkville continues to be a licensed facility and perform procedures while cooperating with the regulatory process.


Joan Rivers suffered fatal brain damage on August 28 during a throat-scope procedure at the clinic. The brain damage was due to a lack of oxygen. Investigators determined that clinic workers “failed to identify deteriorating vital signs and provide timely intervention.” A CMS report said that the clinic failed to consistently document the dose of propofol administered to Rivers, along with other serious errors. A clinic employee also reportedly took a photo of Rivers during her surgery, according to TIME.

The facility has been surveyed repeatedly since Rivers’ death. A letter from CMS said the center has remained non-compliant in several areas, including quality assessment, surgical services, governing body and management, and performance improvement and environment, according to CNN.

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