California Hospital Settles Allegations of Dumping Homeless Patient

January 8, 2014 | Risk Management News

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A California hospital has agreed to pay a total of $250,000 to settle allegations that it failed to screen and stabilize a homeless patient and then dumped him in Los Angeles’s “Skid Row” section, according to a January 3, 2014, Los Angeles Times story. In a settlement agreement posted online by the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office, the hospital is also obliged to adopt a series of protocols on caring for and discharging homeless patients and report on the progress of adopting those protocols every 90 days for two years. The hospital will also revise some processes for caring for psychiatric patients, including processes related to involuntary psychiatric holds.

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