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Donalsonville Hospital Agreed to Pay $25,000 for Allegedly Violating the Patient Dumping Statute by Failing to Provide an Adequate Medical Screening Examination

Donalsonville Hospital, Inc. (Donalsonville), Georgia, agreed to pay $25,000 to resolve its liability for Civil Monetary Penalties under the patient dumping statute. The OIG alleged that Donalsonville failed to provide an adequate medical screening examination to a patient who presented to their emergency department complaining of shortness of breath and chest pain. The patient did not receive any medical examination from a physician and was told he was required to pay a minimum fee of $100 to continue further treatment. The patient chose not to pay the fee and was discharged without receiving an appropriate medical screening examination. The delay in the provision of an appropriate medical screening examination and the imposition of a minimum fee to receive an appropriate medical screening examination were inappropriate.

Action Details

  • Date:April 3, 2013
  • Enforcement Types:
    • CMP and Affirmative Exclusions