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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5) Emergency physicians and administrators from different hospitals should join to develop a realistic and effective protocol to facilitate inter-facility transfer and prevent patient dumping.
roadside dumping, trade dumping, dumping on one's friends, patient dumping.
Bhuiyan then traveled the intertwined worlds of American health care and debt: scores of surgeries performed without insurance, an incident of patient dumping, and a job layoff.
If space aliens come and replace PPACA with the health insurance system now in place in the Alpha Centauri B Empire, that would surprise me less than if the exchanges all start on time, have a few hiccups, then work pretty well (with the occasional exchange collapse, qualified health plan insolvency and sick patient dumping scandal).
In the section on patient dumping, HHS says, "Contractors must report to HHS any health plan issuer or group health plan they have identified as discouraging an individual from remaining enrolled in coverage offered by such issuer or health plan based on the individual's health status.
33) The increasing media attention given to medical repatriation and its specific occurrences is beginning to mirror the media attention given to patient dumping in the 1980s.
Though a private right of action exists, "the population that has historically been most vulnerable to patient dumping is the poor and uninsured, a group of people often unlikely to have a lawyer to turn to when their rights are violated.
This is the result of a trade-off between productive efficiency, rent extraction, and patient dumping deterrence: the effort of the hospital is distorted downward for the outliers to reduce the fixed price paid for the patients with low severity and limit the rent earned on these patients.
A Continuum of Medical Care for the Homeless in Order to Prevent Patient Dumping
In June 2007, prosecutors filed civil complaints against two other Los Angeles area hospitals over four incidents of alleged patient dumping.
To date, the program has shown that in communities where incentives are available, there has not been patient dumping, said Francois deBrantes, national coordinator of the program.
Also known as 'demarketing of services' or 'management of patient mix,' (36) patient dumping refers to the hospital practice of transferring or refusing to treat persons who are indigent, uninsured, or otherwise undesirable to admit.
Well, it turns out that 72 percent of the patient dumping -- illegally sending patients with emergency conditions to other hospitals -- was done by those not-for-profit angels of mercy.
Although primarily intended to prevent patient dumping, the law instituted fines for oncall physicians who do not respond to a request for help.
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