This coming October, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) will begin implementing major changes in the admitting criteria for long term acute care hospitals that will dramatically reduce the types of patients that SNS is allowed to admit. These new regulations, coupled with a consistent, multi-year decline in inpatient census, have resulted in an untenable situation for SNS. Sadly, it is no longer viable to continue SNS’s inpatient services and we will discontinue inpatient operations by September 30, 2015.
Our primary interest at this juncture is to continue to provide high quality care to our patients and to support our staff during this difficult transition. We will continue to provide inpatient and outpatient care at all other Spaulding hospitals in Charlestown, Cambridge and Cape Cod, as well as our skilled nursing facilities in Boston and our outpatient sites on the North Shore.
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