Queen of the Valley Hospital, Napa, Calif., agreed to pay $80,000 to resolve alleged violations of the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act, sometimes known as the anti-patient-dumping law. The 179-bed hospital, owned by St. Joseph Health System, allegedly refused to accept the transfer of a critically ill patient into its intensive-care unit and failed to provide medical screening to a pregnant woman at its maternity ward. The hospital said it regards the alleged violations "very seriously and viewed this as an opportunity to review processes, systems and policies to ensure regulatory compliance and delivery of the highest quality of care to our patients." -- by Mark Taylor
Calif. hospital to pay $80,000 for patient-dumping
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