NY clinic linked to Joan Rivers’ death losing accreditation

FILE - This Oct. 5, 2009 file photo shows Joan Rivers posing as she presents "Comedy Roast with Joan Rivers " during the 25th MIPCOM (International Film and Programme Market for TV, Video, Cable and Satellite) in Cannes, southeastern France. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City clinic where Joan Rivers suffered a fatal complication during a medical procedure is losing its federal accreditation.

The federal Centers for Medicare Services says Yorkville Endoscopy no longer meets the conditions to be a supplier of ambulatory surgical center services.

A telephone message seeking comment from the Manhattan clinic Monday hasn’t been returned. The clinic previously submitted a plan it said would correct problems.

The Centers for Medicare Services says it’s terminating its Medicare health benefits agreement with the clinic Jan. 31. The clinic will be ineligible to receive federal funds for services provided to Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries.

Rivers died Sept. 4 at age 81. The city’s medical examiner found she died of brain damage due to lack of oxygen after she stopped breathing during an endoscopy days earlier.

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