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Regulators: Dallas-based Parkland hospital broke ER care law

Dallas Morning News, May 10, 2010

Federal regulators have determined that Dallas-based Parkland Memorial Hospital violated the nation's emergency-treatment law and possibly should be fined, according to records obtained by the Dallas Morning News. "The deficiencies are so serious that they constitute an immediate threat to the health and safety of any individual who comes to your hospital with an emergency medical condition," the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services told Parkland in a November 2008 letter. Parkland officials deny that the Dallas County-owned hospital broke the law, but neither they nor federal officials will detail ongoing negotiations over a possible fine.