hmo settles case of skid row patient dumping - cnn.com
los angeles, california (ap) -- more than a year after an elderly hospital patient was found wandering a crime-ridden area in a hospital gown and slippers, the nation's largest hmo agreed in a settlement with the city to changes aimed at ending the dumping of homeless patients on streets.
kaiser permanente will create new protocols for discharging homeless patients in its chain of hospitals, train staff and allow a retired u.s. district judge to monitor its progress, officials said tuesday.
what do you guys think about patient dumping? we can't keep them in the hospital forever. case managers, what steps should hospitals take to improve and expedite difficult patient discharges?