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TriStar Greenview Regional Hospital Agreed to Pay $90,000 for Allegedly Violating Patient Dumping Statute by Failing to Treat a Patient with an Emergency Medical Condition

On January 18, 2024, TriStar Greenview Regional Hospital (TriStar Greenview), Bowling Green, Kentucky, entered into a $90,000 settlement agreement with OIG. The settlement agreement resolves allegations that TriStar Greenview violated the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) when it failed to treat the emergency medical condition for a patient in April 2021. Specifically, the patient presented to TriStar Greenview’s Emergency Department (ED) with a chief complaint of abdominal pain. The patient was 8-weeks pregnant. The ED physicians ordered an ultrasound which revealed the patient had a ruptured ectopic pregnancy. The patient was also hypotensive. The ED physician called TriStar Greenview’s on-call gynecologist, who refused to treat the patient’s emergency medical condition, stating that she was not their patient. The on-call gynecologist directed the ED physician to transfer the patient to another hospital for treatment. The patient was then transferred to the other hospital. Senior Counsel Geeta Taylor represented OIG.

Action Details

  • Date:January 18, 2024
  • Enforcement Types:
    • CMP and Affirmative Exclusions