A Maryland medical malpractice case filed by 21 medical malpractice plaintiffs against a former Maryland stent doctor and the hospital where he allegedly performed unnecessary cardiac stent procedures has settled. The Maryland medical malpractice trial had started on April 1, 2013 in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County and was recently settled by the parties pursuant to a confidential settlement agreement. There are two other Maryland medical malpractice cases against the same former stent doctor that have not been resolved.
The former stent doctor, who was a well-respected cardiologist with one of the largest cardiology practices in Maryland, was suspended by the hospital in 2009 after it was alleged that many of the stent procedures that he had performed at the hospital were medically unnecessary, resulting in potential harm to his patients and improper billing to health insurance companies and federal health care programs for the unnecessary stent procedures. The hospital informed nearly 600 former patients of the stent doctor about the allegations that he had performed medically unnecessary stent procedures.
The fallout from the allegations resulted in the stent doctor losing his license to practice medicine in Maryland in July 2011 and the parent company that operated the hospital in which he performed many of the allegedly unnecessary stent procedures agreeing in February, 2013 to pay $4.9 million to the federal government for over-payments from Medicare, Medicaid, and other federal health care programs that resulted from the unnecessary stent procedures.
The hospital itself was sold by its parent company to the University of Maryland Medical System in November, 2012 after the hospital experienced a significant drop in patient admissions and having suffered about $3 million per month in loss revenues since 2009. Nonetheless, the parent company remains responsible for pending litigation against the hospital.
The parent company also agreed in November 2010 with the U.S. Department of Justice to pay $22 million to settle claims of alleged illegal kickbacks having been paid to the former stent doctor’s cardiology practice and for bills submitted to federal health care programs for the unnecessary stents. The cardiology practice of the former stent doctor also ceased operations and many of the former partners of the cardiology practice have since moved on to other cardiology practices.
Source: The Daily Record, May 3, 2013.
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