Lawsuit claims Johns Hopkins prioritizes out-of-state patients over MD residents

Lawsuit claims Johns Hopkins prioritizes out-of-state patients over MD residents (WBFF)

BALTIMORE (WBFF) - A lawsuit by a former Johns Hopkins director claims the Hopkins medical system prioritized out-of-state patients over in-state ones in providing services.

The suit claims that starting in December 2014, the Johns Hopkins Health System "intentionally" violated state agreements by "implementing practices and procedures which improperly provide out-of-state patients priority access to health care services over Maryland residents."

"Hopkins' actions have resulted in out-of-state patients being provided preferential treatment without regard to clinical necessity, and to the detriment of Maryland residents," according to the suit.

"As of early 2015, Hopkins knowingly and intentionally engaged in a scheme to increase annual revenue and profit by giving out-of-state residents priority and preferential treatment in scheduling and receiving medical services and treatments by Hopkins," the suit continues.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court by Anthony C. Campos, who worked as Director of Patient Access Operations at Hopkins from December 2011 through Jan. 31, 2017, according to the document, which was provided by his attorney.

Campos oversaw a 25-person team and a 370-person Patient Access call center, which scheduled all appointments throughout the Hopkins medical system.

The suit says that a May 2016 update sent to the Department of Patient Access advised the department that "250-350 additional out-of-state cases were needed in order to reach profit targets of between $5 million and $7 million."

The lawsuit demands a jury trial and asks for $10,000 in civil penalties for every false claim presented by Johns Hopkins.

Johns Hopkins spokesperson Kim Hoppe said in a statement Wednesday evening: "We became aware of the complaint as a result of a communication from the Baltimore Sun. We will not comment about ongoing litigation other than to say that the complaint is without merit. Safe and high quality care for all patients, regardless of where they live, is our number one priority. Our census shows that the majority of our patients are from Maryland and that the number has steadily increased over the past several years."

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