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Unnecessary cardiac procedures performed by hospitals

Apparently, a healthcare provider has been performing a number of unnecessary cardiac stenting procedures and then submitting false claims to Medicare to collect the proceeds. In an announcement made by the United States Attorney's Office in Pittsburgh, this healthcare provider has settled out with Medicare in the amount of $2 million due to these practices.

What this means is that a large number of individuals have had these procedures performed upon them unnecessarily. The needless procedures mean that patients have needed to be administered anesthesia, have their chest cut open with a scalpel, and then undergo cardiac surgery.

Surprisingly, other medical care providers have been accused of performing unnecessary stenting on other patients as well. The practice has at least become widespread to the extent that legislation has been passed requiring peer reviews while coronary stent placements are taking place.

Though certain procedures definitely bring more revenue in for hospitals, raking in revenue by performing unnecessary surgery is medical malpractice per se. Patients and their attorneys have every right to sue hospitals under these sorts of circumstances.

There are dangers to every surgical procedure, but one would hope that patients would not have to undergo these dangers unless there is some benefit or the procedure is absolutely necessary. Hospitals need to make the health and safety of their patients the highest priority, and must never put profits first.

The reason why medical malpractice lawsuits are necessary is so that hospitals will be forced to make medical care and treatment safe and effective.

Source: Fierce Healthcare, "Health system pays $2M to settle unnecessary stenting procedures," by Alicia Caramenico, Dec. 10, 2012

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