Is the Clinic That Operated on Joan Rivers Still Running?

Posted on January 21, 2015 by Shapiro Law Group

Amidst the tragic saga of comedienne Joan Rivers’ untimely death and her daughter’s wrongful death lawsuit against the doctors, a federal agency has revealed that the clinic Rivers was treated in will be losing its accreditation at the end of January, 2015. The New York clinic will no longer receive federal funding for beneficiaries of Medicare and Medicaid.

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Rivers died when a lack of oxygen during a surgical procedure left her brain damaged. During her endoscopy procedure for an elective vocal surgery, her vocal cords seized, obstructing her airways and eventually killing her. Doctors allegedly failed to monitor her vital signs and respond when it became apparent that something had gone wrong.

The death is classified as a therapeutic complication, but Rivers’ daughter has hired a prominent malpractice lawyer to investigate. A prudent move, considering the clinic’s apparent problems: after the celebrity’s death, the clinic presented their proposal on how to correct the issues pointed out during an investigation by the Centers for Medicare Services (CMS), but the CMS rejected their proposal as inadequate.

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