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Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital in North Carolina Settles Case Involving a Patient Dumping Allegation

On December 29, 2015, Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital (MCMH), in Greensboro, North Carolina, entered into a $35,000 settlement agreement with OIG. The settlement agreement resolves allegations that MCMH violated the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) when it failed to provide an adequate medical screening examination and stabilizing treatment for an 86-year-old female who presented to MCMH's emergency department after falling at home. OIG's investigation revealed that although an emergency room doctor evaluated her knee pain and performed other imaging tests, he did not fully evaluate her reported severe pain and inability to ambulate. OIG alleged she was discharged with a displaced fracture of her hip. Senior Counsel Sandra Sands represented OIG.

Action Details

  • Date:December 29, 2015
  • Enforcement Types:
    • CMP and Affirmative Exclusions