Funding for Laguna Honda Hospital Resumes

Laguna Honda Hospital, a medical facility with 782 total staffed beds and more than $400 million in total patient income, will be given enough money to remain operational through November 13, 2023, according to a recent announcement by the San Francisco City Attorney.

The San Francisco City Attorney tweeted, “Today, we reached a deal with CMS that extends federal funding to Laguna Honda through November 13, 2023, keeping this essential facility open and running.” “Laguna Honda will continue to enhance quality and strive towards Medicare and Medicaid recertification. Resident transfers and discharges will remain delayed until February 2, 2023, and the agreement includes an option to extend that pause past February.”

To run its 156-year-old skilled care facility, Laguna Honda Hospital is dependent on federal subsidies totaling over $200 million annually. The deaths of nine patients who were released from the hospital or transferred to other facilities earlier this year, however, sparked worries. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services allegedly coerced the city to pursue a closure and transfer plan that put Laguna Honda patients at risk, according to two complaints filed against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Secretary Xavier Becerra.

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