Beverly Hospital to Pay $200k to Settle Patient Dumping Allegations

Beverly Hospital in Montebello, Calif., will pay $200,000 to settle allegations of patient dumping, according to a Los Angeles Times report.

Last year, Beverly officials allegedly had a homeless patient driven to skid row without making arrangements with a shelter to take the patient in, according to the report.

As part of the settlement, the 224-bed hospital also agreed to follow new protocols for patient discharges. Beverly has agreed not to violate the state and federal laws that require homeless patients to be discharged to a "patient safety zone" if they don't have the care of a family member, and the hospital also must obtain written consent from the patient to transport them to a place other than their home, according to the report.

The hospital, located in Los Angeles County, also paid $50,000 for legal fees in the case.

Los Angeles officials have recently reignited a crackdown on patient dumping, according to the report. Seven years ago, prosecutors aggressively pursued civil and criminal cases against hospitals that dropped homeless patients off at shelters.

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