Vanderbilt Accused of ‘Patient Dumping’

Already facing lawsuits on its recent decision to lay off thousands of workers, Vanderbilt Medical Center is now being accused of discharging patients prematurely – a practice known as “patient dumping.” A suit working its way through circuit court in Nashville claims that the early discharge of a motorcycle accident victim is part of a broader practice the hospital uses when people are not able to pay for care they need. In response to the suit, lawyers for Vanderbilt deny that the care was deficient or that the patient was “dumped.” They have asked that the case be dismissed. In another story, The Tennessean reports that the hospital was fined $80,000 in 2008 for refusing to accept a patient with an “unstable emergency medical condition.”