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Maryland hospital's patients learn they might have unneeded stents

Baltimore Sun, January 18, 2010
St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson, MD, whose cardiology business is a focus of a continuing federal healthcare fraud investigation, has notified hundreds of its heart patients that they may have received expensive and potentially dangerous coronary implants they didn't need, the Baltimore Sun reports. An internal review, begun last May at the behest of federal investigators and in response to a patient complaint, has turned up 369 patients with stents that appear to have been implanted in their arteries unnecessarily, CEO Jeffrey K. Norman said. Patients began receiving letters alerting them to the finding early last month, and more notifications are expected as the review continues.