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Parkland May Lose CMS Funding Because It Discharged Injured, Suicidal Homeless Man

We now know why Parkland Memorial Hospital is in “immediate jeopardy” of losing nearly half a billion dollars in federal funding. A homeless man who fractured his spine and broke his wrist and feet in a suicide attempt was discharged to a shelter not equipped to care for his severe injuries.

The findings are detailed in a deficiency report filed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Department of Health and Human Services.

The gist of it: Staffers did not perform a psychiatric evaluation despite the fact that he tried to kill himself and acted erratically at the hospital. At one point, the man jumped from the bed onto his broken feet and screamed, “See what you made me do? Are you happy now?” And when the patient said he felt unsafe being discharged, Parkland employees threatened to call hospital police.

D Healthcare Daily has more details about what’s in that report.