Hospital Faces Shutdown Over "Patient Dumping" ~ OPOLAW Injury Blog

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Hospital Faces Shutdown Over "Patient Dumping"

Contra Costra Regional Medical Center is in danger of being shut down after being accused of "patient dumping", a practice where patients are improperly transferred. Federal officials are threatening to withhold over $300 million from the medical center, and the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have notified the hospital that its contract will be terminated if the problems are not corrected. The loss of the Medicare contract would deliver a heavy blow to the county-owned hospital in Martinez, which is a safety net for the area's poorest residents. Hospital executive director Dr. Jeffrey Smith has submitted a correction plan to the federal agency. He says, "It would close us. Essentially, all of our revenue is generated from Medicare and Medi-Cal. Our entire budget would disappear. This was an indication of a serious lapse. We realize we need to fix it. We think we can respond to this and respond well."

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