The Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office has reached a $450,000 settlement with a South L.A. nursing home alleged to have illegally discharged homeless patients.
The settlement announced June 28 followed allegations that Avalon Villa Care Center at 12029 S. Avalon Blvd. failed to properly discharge homeless patients while failing to meet certain quality-of-care standards.
“Patient dumping is inhumane and must be stopped,” said Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer, in a statement. “Leaving the most vulnerable patients to fend for themselves is unacceptable.”
Under terms of the settlement, prosecutors say the Avalon Villa Care Center has agreed to pay $450,000, including $350,000 to train and hire staff familiar with homeless discharge and quality-of-care protocols, and $50,000 to help house homeless patients. It must also comply with numerous health care conditions.
By law, it is illegal to dump patients in Los Angeles. The city attorney has settled seven patient dumping cases, while securing nearly $4 million in settlements from defendant hospitals.
Health business reporter Dana Bartholomew can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @_DanaBart.
For reprint and licensing requests for this article, CLICK HERE.
Stories You May Also Be Interested In
- Silver Lake Medical Center to Pay $550,000 Settlement for Illegal Patient Dumping
- Hospital Reaches Settlement Over Patient Dumping
- Good Samaritan Settles Patient Dumping Case
- City Charges a Hawaiian Gardens Hospital With Patient Dumping
- Good Samaritan Takes a New Path for Homeless Patients
- Hospitals to Pay $1.6 Million in Skid Row Dumping Case
- Dozens of Los Angeles-Area Doctors and Others Charged for Felony Health Care Fraud
- Prime Healthcare Services and its CEO to Pay $65 Million in Medicare Overbilling Settlement