In NY, a heart surgery factory with 'obscene levels' of pay

Bloomberg, March 7, 2014

Certain patients who showed up at Mount Sinai Hospital's emergency room on Sunday mornings stood out, and not because they were cases of gruesome trauma or exotic illness. They drew scrutiny because they already had appointments. Each was scheduled for a procedure at Mount Sinai's catheterization lab, where cardiologists thread wires and tubes into blood vessels to detect disease and insert cardiac stents. The New York hospital's cath lab has regularly scheduled such emergencies-by-appointment, according to three doctors and another medical professional, all of whom said they had direct knowledge of the practice.


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