Joan Rivers’ clinic fails inspection

By admin
07 November 2014

The clinic which caused Joan Rivers’ death has failed an inspection, according to reports.

The 81-year-old comedienne passed away on September 4 after suffering a “predictable complication” during routine throat surgery at the Yorkville Endoscopy clinic.

Following the tragedy, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), part of the federal Department of Health and Human Services, conducted a survey of the clinic on September 5.

A letter explaining the results has been obtained by the New York Post.

The letter says conditions have become so bad at the clinic that CMS are now planning to end their Medicare funding.

“Based on the findings of the September 5, 2014 survey, Yorkville Endoscopy LLC no longer meets the requirements for participation as a supplier of services in the Medicare program,” the letter reads, according to Page Six.

“Accordingly, CMS has determined that the Medicare Health Benefits Agreement between Yorkville Endoscopy and the Secretary [of the DOH] will be terminated on January 7, 2015.”

In order to avoid their Medicare being ceased, the clinic will have to prove they have taken measures to fix the violations found in the original survey.

The New York State Department of Health will then revisit the clinic to ascertain whether or not the changes have been successfully made.

Fashion Police host Joan visited Yorkville Endoscopy on August 28 for a laryngoscopy and an upper gastrointestinal endoscopy, and she was put under propofol sedation to evaluate changes to her voice.

Gastroenterologist Dr. Lawrence Cohen was the lead surgeon in charge of Joan’s endoscopy procedure.

Dr. Cohen, who also served as the clinic’s medical director, is not currently “performing procedures” at the clinic, a spokesperson for the clinic previously confirmed via ABC 7. The doctor is also no longer serving as medical director.

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