PHILADELPHIA – Dentex Dental Mobile, Inc. (“DDMI”), a Pennsylvania corporation located in Huntington Valley, has reached a settlement with the United States to resolve allegations that it refused to treat an HIV-positive patient in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”).
As part of its business, DDMI owns and operates several dental clinics, both fixed and mobile, throughout the Philadelphia area. As a result of its investigation, the United States determined that a DDMI mobile clinic, stationed in Chester, PA, refused to treat a patient, who was previously treated at its mobile clinic and who had disclosed in paperwork at both visits his HIV status. The Office Manager allegedly referred the patient to an AIDS clinic for further assistance. According to the Americans with Disabilities Act, a healthcare provider cannot refer a patient with HIV or AIDS to another provider simply because the patient has HIV or AIDS.
As a result of the United States’ investigation, Dentex has agreed to implement a non-discrimination policy, conspicuously post that policy, and adequately train employees and contractors regarding the policy. The Agreement is in effect for two years.
This case was handled by Assistant United States Attorney Jacqueline C. Romero.