patient dumping


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patient dumping

The premature discharge of patients, especially homeless patients or those with psychological disabilities, onto the streets by hospital workers or care providers, due to the high cost of providing care or shelter for them. A local hospital is being investigated for a continual practice of patient dumping, with many who suffer from chronic addiction and health issues being thrust straight back onto Skid Row.
See also: dump, patient
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As mentioned earlier, in 2001 the GAO stated that there were "no data on the incidence of patient dumping before [EMTALA's] enactment, and the only measure of current incidence--the number of confirmed violations--is imprecise.
Hyman, Patient Dumping and EMTALA: Past Imperfect/Future Shock, 8 HEALTH MATRIX 29, 32-43 (1998).
Lewis, 1999, Using Subjective Risk Adjusting to Prevent Patient Dumping in the Health Care Industry, Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, 8(3): 351-382.
In 1986 and 1987, 2 articles appeared in the literature by physicians from Cook County Hospital in Chicago detailing the extent of patient dumping to that facility (1, 2).
With virtually all existing information limited to local case studies, it has been impossible for researchers to examine the influence that various characteristics of the healthcare system have on the magnitude of patient dumping.
Patient dumping, transferring state clients to corporate providers, saves the state the cost of running its own institutions.
Patient dumping will inevitably occur as long as private hospitals do not have all the specialized departments-such as intensive care units-needed in a "fully equipped" hospital.
In Florida, patient dumping has become so bad that the state now taxes private hospitals to help offset the costs of treating the poor.
Smaller public hospitals "subjected to patient dumping by more powerful hospital systems" would also seem to be likely candidates for higher percentages of outlier reimbursements, she added.
The hospitals are impacted directly with dramatically reduced costs, beds freed up for patients who need immediate medical care, and by alleviating an ongoing problem with patient dumping.
Delgadillo has been involved in looking at health issues since 2002, when he began reviewing the practice of patient dumping on Skid Row.
Also known as "demarketing of services" or "management of patient mix,"(2) patient dumping refers to the hospital practice of transferring or refusing to treat persons who are indigent, uninsured, or otherwise undesirable to admit.
While most of the concern about patient dumping has focused on actions taken in the emergency department, the article by Schlesinger et al.
Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) introduced legislation to stop the practice of patient dumping on the criminal justice system before those patients are medically stabilized.
Commission on Civil Rights today announced the release of its 2014 statutory enforcement report, Patient Dumping, which may be accessed at http://www.
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