Los Angeles hospital settles homeless 'dumping' case and avoids charges

July 2007
Healthcare Risk Management;Jul2007, Vol. 29 Issue 7, p73
A hospital in Los Angeles has agreed to a settlement that will end a criminal investigation regarding the "dumping" of homeless patients. The hospital will make large donations and implement a new protocol for discharging the homeless. • While binding on only one hospital, the agreement is expected to influence how other hospitals discharge homeless patients. • The agreement does not settle other investigations of similar conduct in Los Angeles. • The settlement demonstrates how difficult it can be to discharge the homeless without incurring liability.


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