Ne­vada hospi­tal faces law­suit over pa­tient-dump­ing prac­tices

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - —Maria Castel­lucci

Two for­mer pa­tients of a Ne­vada men­tal health hospi­tal have sued the fa­cil­ity and state health of­fi­cials, claim­ing they were im­prop­erly dis­charged.

The plain­tiffs claim that Raw­son-Neal Psy­chi­atric Hospi­tal in Las Ve­gas, which is run by the state, in­vol­un­tar­ily dis­charged them and shipped them out of state with­out any health ser­vices pre­pared for them.

The law­suit claims the Raw­son-Neal sys­tem­at­i­cally prac­tices “pa­tient dump­ing.” The suit al­leges that be­tween 2008 and Jan­uary 2013, about 1,500 pa­tients were dis­charged from Raw­son-Neal to var­i­ous cities with­out fol­low-up ar­range­ments.

Both plain­tiffs al­lege that they were given anti-psy­chotic med­i­ca­tion be­fore they were re­leased from the hospi­tal. Staff es­corted them to await­ing taxis, which took them to a Grey­hound bus sta­tion with pre-paid tick­ets. One of the plain­tiffs was sent to Flint, Mich., and the other was sent to Los An­ge­les.

The plain­tiffs’ at­tor­ney, Allen Licht­en­stein, said one of the plain­tiffs was home­less.

Raw­son-Neal pre­vi­ously has been sued for al­leged pa­tient dump­ing tac­tics. A pa­tient in 2014 al­leged he was im­prop­erly dis­charged, but a fed­eral ap­peals court re­cently dropped the case.

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