Clinic Responsible for Joan Rivers’ Final Surgery Loses Federal Funding

The private New York clinic where Joan Rivers suffered a cardiac arrest has lost its federal accreditation from the U.S. government.

Health authorities launched an investigation into safety procedures at Yorkville Endoscopy last year after the legendary comedienne suffered complications during what should have been a routine throat operation and died in September.

Clinic bosses were cited for a string of flaws last month and ordered make a number of upgrades to its procedures in order to avoid being shut down, but they have now been dealt a new setback after learning they will lose access to federal funds, which they had previously received for treating patients with certain government-backed insurance policies.

Yorkville Endoscopy executives are planning to appeal the decision, which goes into effect at the end of January.

Meanwhile, officials are also investigating claims Rivers’ medical records were improperly accessed by staff and shared following her medical emergency.

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