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KY doctor admits healthcare fraud for unnecessary heart stents

Indianapolis Star, June 6, 2013
A London, Ky., cardiologist pleaded guilty to charges that he falsely recorded the severity of patients' illnesses in order to receive payment for numerous heart procedures, according to a U.S. Attorney's Office release. Sandesh Rajaram Patil, 51, a former cardiologist at St. Joseph's Hospital in London, admitted Tuesday in Frankfort to making false statements regarding the placement of heart stents, the release states. Stents are metal tubes surgically inserted into a patient's arteries in order to improve blood flow. Patil reached an agreement with the U.S. Attorney's Office to serve a prison term between 30 and 37 months, pending a judge's approva