Arkansas hospital to get more time to fix problems

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A Department of Human Services-run hospital has been given more time to fix problems with patient treatments before it loses federal funding.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette ( reports the agency confirmed that a deadline set by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has been moved from July 18 to Sept. 18.
Two Arkansas State Hospital employees were fired for not monitoring patients after a woman being treated there alleged a male patient raped her. Department of Human Services spokeswoman Amy Webb says progress has been made at the hospital, but more work needs to be done.
The agency has threatened before to discontinue funding for the hospital, but instead has offered extensions to repair issues.
Since the assault, the hospital requires workers to check on patients every 15 minutes.
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