Report: Parkland Hospital broke law in ER treatment

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Associated Press

Posted on May 9, 2010 at 4:54 PM

Updated Sunday, May 9 at 10:37 PM

DALLAS (AP) — Delays in treatment of Dallas man that factored in his death reportedly violated federal emergency-treatment law and may mean a fine for Parkland Memorial Hospital.

In a November 2008 letter recently obtained by The Dallas Morning News, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services told officials of the biggest general hospital in Dallas that they had major deficiencies. In fact, the letter states that "deficiencies are so serious that they constitute an immediate threat to the health and safety of any individual who comes to your hospital with an emergency medical condition."

Parkland officials denied to the newspaper that the Dallas County-owned hospital broke the law. The News reports that neither Parkland officials nor the federal regulators would discuss in detail talks over a possible fine that have continued for more than a year.

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