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We have all seen the story or heard of a similar one: A woman in a hospital gown being wheeled to the bus stop by a security guard in freezing temperatures.
A nurse might have been the hospital representative who co-signed the final discharge paper before this patient was rolled out into the cold. If this was your patient, what would you be thinking at this point? Would you consider this an appropriate discharge?
Many consider this act “patient dumping.” Patient dumping is when a hospital capable of providing necessary medical care transfers a patient to another facility or turns them away due to inability to pay for services, as well as a premature discharge of a Medicare or indigent patient for economic reasons.
Because of this, a 1986 U.S. federal rule requires hospitals to advise Medicare patients upon admission of their right to challenge a discharge. However, this applies to Medicare patients only. Patient dumping is unfortunate, and it happens across the U.S.