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MAPP: Now That Feds Want To Close Juan Luis Hospital, I’ll Dip Into My ‘Limo Money’ To Make Needed Repairs

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CHRISTIANSTED — In a letter submitted to Senate President Neville James today, Governor Kenneth Mapp has again requested that the Legislature act on his capital projects plan and increase the line item for hospital repairs from ten million dollars to an amount not to exceed twenty million dollars.

This request comes on the heels of an Initial Notice of Termination that was received from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid as a result of a recent site visit to JFL Hospital.

The CMS letter identified significant deficiencies in the physical plant at JFL that will result in the loss of Medicare/Medicaid reimbursements. CMS has also advised that the termination can be averted by JFLH via a correction of the deficiencies through the submission of an acceptable plan of correction and subsequent verification by the State Survey Agency.  To avert Termination, CMS has advised the JFLH that it must act by December 9, 2016.

In his letter to the Senate President, the Governor stated, “In light of the deadline to avert Termination set by CMS, I urge the Members of the 31st Legislature to act on my capital projects plan and to favorably consider my request to increase the line item amount to our hospitals from $10,000,000 to an amount not to exceed $20,000,000.  I know there is no need for me to explain the catastrophic result of any of our hospitals losing their certification by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.”

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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