Late last month, nineteen new Indiana medical malpractice lawsuits were filed against three Indiana cardiologists, alleging that the cardiologists, and their medical malpractice, performed unnecessary medical procedures on patients that placed the patients in danger. The hospital where the allegedly unnecessary cardiac procedures were performed was also named as a defendant in the lawsuits. The recently filed Indiana medical malpractice lawsuits allege that three patients died as a result of the unnecessary procedures.
The plaintiffs allege that the defendant cardiologists performed unnecessary implantations of defibrillators and pacemakers as well as unnecessary stenting procedures, open-heart surgeries, and angiograms, over a period of decades. The plaintiffs allege that the defendant cardiologists performed the unnecessary procedures in order to obtain massive reimbursements for the procedures to which they were not entitled.
It has been reported that the three defendant cardiologists were the top three cardiologists in Indiana in terms of billings submitted to Medicare for 2012, resulting in payments in the amounts of $2.18 million, $1.64 million, and $1.4 million. The three Indiana cardiologists billed much more and provided many more services to patients than the average cardiologist in Indiana in 2012: the average Indiana cardiologist provided three services per patient and billed an average of $170.00 per patient in 2012, while one of the three defendant cardiologists provided ten services per patient and billed an average of $959.00 per patient in 2012, another provided twelve services per patient and billed an average of $945.00 per patient in 2012, and the third provided five services per patient and billed an average of $319.00 per patient in 2012.
The lawyers representing the plaintiffs have stated that their review of patients’ records involving the three defendant cardiologists have found that three-quarters of the cardiac procedures the defendants performed were unnecessary. The lawsuits allege that the defendant hospital failed to properly investigate and respond to warnings from other physicians regarding the procedures being performed by the defendant cardiologists.
One of the defendant cardiologists along with the defendant hospital were also sued in May 2014 by two former patients of the cardiologist who alleged that they received unnecessary surgeries. Their claims were investigated by a review panel consisting of three physicians who unanimously determined that their procedures were unnecessary. The cardiologist has resigned his admitting privileges at the defendant hospital.
The defendant cardiologists’ medical practice and the defendant hospital named in the recently filed 19 medical malpractice lawsuits are the defendants in a total of 28 medical malpractice lawsuits involving 25 families. One former patient, who is 84-years-old, alleges that he underwent ten angiograms and five procedures involving a defibrillator and a pacemaker that he later learned were unnecessary procedures.
If the three Indiana cardiologists are proven to have performed unnecessary procedures on their patients in order to bill Medicare and line their own pockets with illegally obtained reimbursements, they should not only be held liable to their patients for the harms they caused, but they should also be criminally investigated and sentenced to long prison terms if they are found guilty of the egregious wrongdoings.
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