Medical Center Could Lose Millions in Funding Over Patient Death

RALEIGH, N.C. — Cape Fear Valley Medical Center stands to lose $23 million a month in funding from Medicare and Medicaid if officials cannot convince federal regulators that serious violations will be corrected. The violations were discovered during reviews of a patient death that occurred in April.

Andre LeMar Walker, who was schizophrenic, was strangled as he was restrained by hospital police officers, The Republic reports. Fayetteville Police detectives opened a homicide investigation after the medical examiner sent them a report, since hospital administrators did not report the death to law enforcement.

A federal agency found that Walker had been improperly restrained and the hospital’s police officers had never received proper training in this area or in defusing confrontations.

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