(Las Vegas, NV) Officials say Nevada won’t appeal an accrediting agency’s low marks of Rawson-Neal psychiatric hospital, but rather reapply for its accreditation.

Below is a statement from Mike Willden, Director, Department of Health and Human Services.

“As I stated previously, we are disappointed by the Joint Commission’s decision to move for a Preliminary Denial of Accreditation, which appears to be based on the original “for cause” survey information and is not an accurate reflection of the hospital’s current practices and policies.

Moreover, the appeal process does not allow the consideration of new information such as changes and improvements to discharge processes, treatment programs, and oversight accountability. The appeal process also does not take into account the follow-up surveys conducted by Joint Commission itself which concluded the facility is in compliance with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Conditions of Participation.

Rather than pursue an appeal, Southern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services (SNAMHS) plans to request a new accreditation review in the near future when the hard work and great effort to improve services for our patients will be considered and recognized by The Joint Commission.

It is important to note that seeking accreditation from The Joint Commission is voluntary and not a requirement, and the accreditation status of SNAMHS does not affect its funding nor its ability to bill Medicare and Medicaid. This facility remains certified with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) which allows SNAMHS to seek reimbursement from its patients who are Medicare and/or Medicaid beneficiaries,” says Willden.


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