^
Keep Dallas Observer Free
4

Feds Say Parkland Is No Longer Placing Patients in Jeopardy, Still Needs to Fix Discharge Policy

Parkland has until November to fix its discharge policy and governing board, or the hospital will lose its Medicare funding, the Texas Department of State Health Services announced today. On the plus side, Parkland isn't placing patients who dare visit the hospital in jeopardy anymore, according to the feds.

"We have determined that while the immediate jeopardy to patient health and safety has been removed," the Texas Department of State Health Services wrote to the hospital today, "Parkland Health and Hospital System remains out of compliance with the following," which are vaguely described as "governing body" and "discharge planning."

It was just a few weeks ago when the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services sent a letter to Parkland saying the hospital risked to lose $400 million in federal funding because it had placed a patient in "immediate jeopardy."

I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Dallas and help keep the future of Dallas Observer free.

In a CMS report we recently detailed, the CMS describes how Parkland discharged a homeless, suicidal patient too soon, to a homeless shelter that wasn't equipped to deal with his injuries. The patient, Todd Arko, opted to stay in a hotel instead of the shelter until he was arrested again.

Parkland is still threatened with the loss of Medicare and Medicaid funding on November 11 unless it fixes the remaining problems identified the letter.

See also: Federal Funding for Parkland Threatened after Staff Calls Cops on Homeless Patient Homeless, Suicidal Patient Parkland Tried to Discharge to a Shelter Is Now In Jail

Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.

 

Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.