Providers to pay $4M in lawsuit alleging inappropriate heart procedures
A cardiology practice and a Jackson hospital have agreed to pay the federal government $4 million to settle a lawsuit that claimed patients were subjected to medically inappropriate heart procedures. It was a doctor who blew the whistle on the questionable practices, the government said. The whistle-blower was cardiologist Julie Kovach, who sued Jackson Cardiology Associates, its owner and Allegiance Health in Jackson in U.S. District Court over catheterizations. Specifically, Jackson Cardiology Associates owner, cardiologist Jashu Patel, ordered catheterizations for patients based on findings from nuclear stress tests that he improperly read as positive. The government found 75% of those patients had no significant heart blockages.
- Half of All Primary Care, Internal Medicine Jobs Unfilled in 2013
- How Digital Strategy Shapes Patient Engagement at Boston Children's Hospital
- CNO on Hospital Redesign: 'You Can't Over-Communicate'
- CFO Exchange: Smartphones Poised to Disrupt Healthcare, Says Topol
- Some Cancer Hospitals' Quality Data Will Soon Be Public
- CA Powers Up $80M HIE to 'Create Value in the Data'
- TJC Warns Hospitals of Deadly Medical Tubing Mistakes
- PA Ranks See 'Phenomenal Growth,' Lack of Diversity
- 3 Traits Personality Assessments Can't Reveal
- The secret committee behind our soaring healthcare costs