Eastern Idaho Hospital Target of Federal Probe


An eastern Idaho hospital is in trouble and could be forced to close its doors in June if it doesn't correct its errors.

KIFI-TV is reporting that according to a letter from Bingham Memorial Hospital CEO Louis Kraml to the hospital's board of directors, the facility is the target of an investigation by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

A CMS spokeswoman confirmed the investigation to KIFI-TV. Kraml has cautioned hospital staff and board members not to comment to the media and, instead, direct them to the hospital's public relations department.

KIFI reports that the investigation is focused on the possible violation of the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act, which prevents hospitals from sending emergency room patients or women in labor with no ability to pay to other hospitals without treating them first.

It's not the first time Kraml has been in the news. In the summer of 2013, following a probe by the Idaho attorney general and a grand jury indictment, he pleaded guilty to a charge of stalking and was sentenced to 30 days in jail, a year of probation and 100 hours of community service. He was also ordered to pay a $1,000 fine. The jail time was suspended and a withheld judgment was entered.