Personal care facility fined for failure to prevent patient elopement.

Topic: Health Law, Decided by: Judge Baxter 
Docket Number: 1333619 , Decision Date: June 4, 2013 
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The Department of Community Health (DCH) imposed a fine of $601 on Petitioner for failure to provide proper supervision and oversight of a patient.  Petitioner’s lapse led to the elopement of a schizophrenic patient on four separate occasions.  Petitioner failed to contact DCH on three of the occasions, breaching personal care home rules, although Petitioner did contact Adult Protective Services.  Judge Baxter affirmed.

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