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CMS reports over 600 pages of neglect at Dallas County public hospital

Dallas’ Parkland Memorial Hospital, which offers care to much of the poor community in the Dallas County area, have been targeted by the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. They found countless incidents of deficiencies in the hospital, including “patients lost in hallways, buckled over in pain. Children discharged without medical screening or stabilizing care. Emergency room patients repeatedly placed in dirty bedding.”

The hospital must address the problems or face losing hundreds of millions of dollars in federal health care funding. If the agency, on reinspection, finds that the patient care deficiencies aren’t corrected, Parkland could lose nearly half its patient revenue.

Update: Aug. 23- Brooks Egerton reports on the hospital’s dirty OB/GYN clinic.

http://www.dallasnews.com/investigations/patient-safety/headlines/20110820-hygiene-woes-at-dallas-countys-parkland-hospital-led-to-obgyn-alerts.ece

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