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Cardiologist License Revoked Over Unneeded Stents

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The license of Dr. Mark G. Midei was revoked by the Maryland Board of Physicians, after the board found that Midei falsified the records of patients to justify unnecessary cardiac stent procedures.

For two years, Midei’s work at St. Joseph Hospital has been investigated, with the board ruling that Midei violated the Medical Practice Act through “unprofessional conduct, false reports, gross overutilization of health care services, standards of care violations and the failure to keep adequate medical records,” the Baltimore Sun reported.

The Board wrote that Midei inserted cardiac stents into patients whose arteries were not clogged enough to need them, because of pressure to produce, as Midei was hired to run the cardiac catheterization lab, and that “Dr. Midei testified that he understood that he was a big generator of business for the hospital, that the hospital had lost many patients to competition and that its goal was to hold onto the stent business that it saw slipping away.”

An attorney for Midei said the decision to revokes Midei’s license was not supported by evidence. An investigator for the defense, Dr. William O’Neill, executive dean of clinical affairs at the University Of Miami Miller School of Medicine said he found no unwarranted stents.

The Baltimore Sun reports that Midei has filed a lawsuit against St. Joseph claiming that he was made a scapegoat by the hospital who was trying to deflect attention from a different kickback scandal. The hospital paid $22 million to the government to settle the kickback claims, and to repay Medicare funds for Midei’s stents.

breakinglawsuitnews.com disclaimer: This article: Cardiologist License Revoked Over Unneeded Stents was posted on Friday, July 15th, 2011 at 7:00 pm at breakinglawsuitnews.com and is filed under Medical Device Lawsuits, Medical Malpractice Lawsuits.

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