2 Hospitals Settle Patient-Dumping Allegations So Far This Year

Since the beginning of the year, two hospitals have settled patient-dumping allegations with CMS.

Both settlements resolved the hospitals' liability for "civil monetary penalties" under the patient dumping statute. The settlements resolve allegations presented by the HHS Office of Inspector General.

In January, Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne, Fla., agreed to pay $50,000 to settle claims that it failed to provide a medical screening exam and adequately stabilize a 30-year-old pregnant woman who was presented to the hospital's emergency department. The woman was experiencing chest pains and became unresponsive. Both she and her baby died.

In February, Sacred Heart Hospital in Chicago agreed to pay $50,000 to resolve allegations that it failed to provide a medical screening for a 63-year-old woman who came into the hospital's ED. The woman was not breathing. The hospital's medical staff called the Chicago Fire Department to have her transferred to another hospital. When she arrived to the new facility, the woman was pronounced dead.

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