Government warned that U.S. medical program will terminate

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PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (September 13, 1997 - Samoa News)---The U.S. government's Medicare and Medicaid program for the Lyndon B. Johnson Tropical Medical Center will be terminated effective September 30 according to a notice issued to hospital authorities here.

The notice was given because "the seriousness of the deficiencies (at LBJ) limits your facility's capacity to furnish an adequate level of quality of care or services," wrote U.S. Health Care Financing Administration Director of Hospital and Community Care Operations, Wayne Moon in the notice last week.

The plan of corrective action submitted by the American Samoa government in the past few months "gives us (HCFA) no assurance that the corrective action proposed will take place or be sustained over any period of time."

HCFA provides about $3 million a year to LBJ (about 16% of all funding) and most of those moneys are used to purchase most of the medicine and medical supplies used at the medical center.

Hospital Director Dr. Iotamo Saleapaga told lawmakers when asked about the termination that the government is working to comply with all federal government requirements and expects to file a formal report shortly.

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