Parkland, health department reach settlement

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Associated Press

Posted on September 1, 2012 at 12:31 PM

DALLAS (AP) — Parkland Health and Hospital System has been fined $1 million in an agreement with the Department of State Health Services to dismiss any potential litigation and enforcement actions for compliance issues prior to the end of May 2012.

To prevent the loss of Medicare and Medicaid funding, Parkland has been operating under an improvement agreement since last fall with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. That came after an inspection found violations in areas including infection control and emergency care.

Health department spokeswoman Carrie Williams says it's the largest penalty the state has issued against a hospital, reflecting the "magnitude and seriousness" of the problems.

The agreement cited various findings from inspections, including an improper follow-up that resulted in the amputation of a patient's leg.

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