Maryland hospital settles unnecessary stenting case for $22 million

November 11, 2010 by MassDevice staff

St. Joseph Medical Center in Baltimore agrees to pay $22 million to settle a federal lawsuit accusing it of bilking Medicare for unnecessary stent implantations, without making an admission of guilt.

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St. Joseph Medical Center in Baltimore agreed to pay $22 million to the federal government to settle a whistleblower lawsuit accusing it of bilking Medicare for un-necessary coronary stent implantations.

The lawsuit, which was under seal until Nov. 9, was filed by a trio of cardiac surgeons who alleged that the hospital and an independent practice, MidAtlantic Cardiovascular Associates, ran a 10-year scheme to drive referrals from St. Joseph to MACVA.

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