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Bob Herman Mar 10, 2017
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Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at risk of losing Medicare funding

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The federal government is threatening to cut off Medicare funding at the renowned Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston after finding the cancer hospital "was not in substantial compliance" with Medicare rules.

Most of the violations stem from Dana-Farber inappropriately relying on Brigham and Women's Hospital to handle many day-to-day functions, according to documents obtained by Axios. Dana-Farber has until June 30 to fix the problems cited by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, but that date already marks the third extension from the agency. The original deadline was November 21, 2016.

If CMS terminates its Medicare contact with Dana-Farber, the hospital would lose more than $243 million in annual Medicare funds — or about a quarter of its entire revenue.