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NY clinic linked to Joan Rivers' death losing accreditation

New York City medical clinic linked to Joan Rivers' death losing its federal accreditation

NY clinic linked to Joan Rivers' death losing accreditation

NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York City clinic where Joan Rivers suffered a fatal complication during a medical procedure is losing its accreditation at the end of the month, a federal agency said Monday.

"Yorkville Endoscopy no longer meets the conditions for a supplier of ambulatory surgical center services," the Centers for Medicare Services said in a statement. As of Jan. 31, the Manhattan medical facility will no longer be eligible to receive federal funds for services provided to Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries.

Rivers, an acid-tongued comedian who crashed the male-dominated realm of late-night talk shows and starred with her daughter on E! in "Fashion Police," died Sept. 4 at age 81. The city's medical examiner found she died of brain damage due to lack of oxygen when she stopped breathing during an endoscopy days earlier.

A message left at Yorkville Endoscopy seeking comment on Monday was not immediately returned. WABC reported that the clinic said in a statement it was 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," according to the statement.

The clinic had presented a plan to correct problems uncovered during an investigation after her death. However, the CMS said Monday that Yorkville remained deficient in four areas, including "surgical services; quality assessment and performance improvement; governing body and management; and environment."

Rivers' death was classified as a therapeutic complication, and no negligence was alleged in the federal report.

Rivers' daughter, Melissa Rivers, has hired a prominent malpractice attorney to investigate.


Updated : 2021-09-26 00:49 GMT+08:00