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CMS Terminates Laguna Honda’s Medicare and Medi-Cal Certification

On April 14, 2022, the San Francisco Department of Public Health announced that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) terminated Laguna Honda’s participation in the Medicare and Medi-Cal programs due to continued violations of federal standards. Nonetheless, the city reported it will keep Laguna Honda open and continue serving the more than 700 residents who live there while it reapplies and seeks to restore its Medicare and Medi-Cal certification. These programs fund more than two-thirds of Laguna Honda’s services. CMS officials advised Laguna Honda that due to the exceedingly large number of residents and unique needs of the population, it is using its discretion to provide transition funding if the facility complies with federal closure requirements. Politicians vowed to prevent Laguna Honda’s closure, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who called on city, state and national officials to work together to protect its life-saving programs for some of the most vulnerable San Franciscans.
Read April 14, 2022 San Francisco Chronicle article: S.F’s Laguna Honda Hospital has 30 days to avoid a shutdown after feds freeze funding