Washington’s Department of Social and Health Services has announced that Western State Hospital has been provided an additional 30-day extension to the systems improvement agreement from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

During the extension, the hospital continues to be certified by CMS and maintain its eligibility for federal funding. This will be the second extension given to the embattled hospital; in July, a 60-day extension was given which would have ended Sept. 3.

CMS and DSHS entered into the original agreement in June 2016 to fix systemic operating problems at the hospital and restore the focus on patient treatment and overall safety.

In May 2017, CMS conducted a follow-up survey that covered all areas of the hospital operations. The feedback from that survey was given on June 28.

Western’s staff will use this extension to continue making forward progress and its work with CMS on next steps for the hospital.