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Baltimore ophthalmologist accused of unnecessary procedures

The U.S. government has filed a federal lawsuit against a Baltimore doctor, accusing him of fraudulently billing thousands of dollars for hundreds of medically unnecessary eye procedures performed on dozens of patients at an outpatient clinic owned by Bon Secours Hospital. The 33-page civil suit claims that between Oct. 29, 2002, and April 14, 2009, John Arthur Kiely, MD, repeatedly performed laser eye surgery on patients who didn't need it — more than a dozen times on some people. He then falsely billed Medicare and Medicaid for the unwarranted work, according to the court documents, which were filed March 11. The procedures led to blindness in one woman, who should have been referred elsewhere for a different procedure, records claim.
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