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PHOENIX -- Arizona State Hospital is now in compliance with federal regulations and is no longer at risk of losing its Medicare funding.

A letter from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services dated March 10 stated that the psychiatric hospital now meets requirements to continue receiving Medicare funding. The hospital was notified in November that deficiencies in nursing care, patient rights and the hospital's oversight board could result in it losing its Medicare funds.

The hospital has about 320 patients in three units, for civilly committed mentally ill patients, for people sent to the hospital by criminal courts, and a sexually violent persons unit. The inspection covered only the civil commitment side.

The hospital received $11 million in Medicare and $52 million from the state general fund in 2011.

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