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Tennessee Hospital Settles Case Involving a Patient Dumping Allegation

On November 7, 2016, Metro Knoxville HMA, LLC (Metro Knoxville), in Knoxville, Tennessee, entered into a $45,000 settlement agreement with OIG. The settlement agreement resolves allegations that Metro Knoxville violated the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act when it discharged a patient without having provided an adequate medical screening examination or treatment sufficient to stabilize the patient. OIG’s investigation revealed that blood test results indicated the presence of an emergency medical condition; however, Metro Knoxville discharged the patient without confirming that such blood levels had stabilized. Senior Counsel Katherine Matos represented OIG.

Action Details

  • Date:November 7, 2016
  • Enforcement Types:
    • CMP and Affirmative Exclusions