Two physicians associated with a Kentucky cancer clinic agreed in June 2014 to pay $3.7 million to federal and state authorities to resolve health care fraud claims. Now, former patients are left to wonder if they received unnecessary procedures or had unnecessarily extended cancer treatments in order for the clinic operators to submit bills for reimbursement and receive money from federal and state health care programs and from private health insurance companies to which they were not entitled.
Patients of the cancer clinic may have been subjected to bone scans, CT scans, and MRIs that were unnecessary or excessive, with some patients subjected to radiological testing thirty times more than necessary. Patients may also have received chemotherapy and other medical treatments for longer periods than required, with some chemotherapy treatments that should have lasted about thirty minutes being extended for more than ten hours, long after their cancers were in remission, all of which were calculated to line the pockets of the clinic operators. Some patients allege that they were requested by the cancer clinic to keep their PICC lines for up to two years after their treatments were completed so that the clinic could bill for monthly flushing of the lines.
An attorney for the cancer clinic reportedly stated that the alleged over-treatment and billing fraud did not affect the health of the clinic’s patients. Yet attorneys for some former clinic patents allege that their clients suffered substantial harm to their health, including the death of some patients, and that the cancer clinic’s wrongdoing was easy to hide because certain cancers may result in uncertain or bad outcomes even with appropriate cancer treatment, which cloaked the clinic’s alleged breaches of the standard of care.
A medical malpractice lawsuit has been filed on behalf of some of the cancer clinic’s former patients, which seeks class-action status. It is expected that additional claimants allegedly harmed by the clinic’s treatments will be added to the lawsuit once guardianships for some incapacitated patients and estates for deceased former patients are opened, whose incapacity or death allegedly may have been caused by the cancer clinic’s wrongdoing.
If the allegations against the Kentucky cancer clinic are proven to be true, the owners/operators of the clinic should not only be held accountable for the financial losses of their former patients, but they should also be subjected to criminal prosecution for their egregious conduct and greed that so cruelly and viciously harmed their unsuspecting victims.
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