Eight physicians at Cedars Medical Center in Miami have lost their interventional cardiac privileges after a quality review questioned the medical necessity of some procedures the physicians performed in the hospital's cardiac catheterization laboratory, hospital officials say.
Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA, owner of the Miami hospital, says in a statement issued Friday that the American Medical Foundation for Peer Review and Education highlighted "a number of areas for improvement in the lab" in a quality review requested by Cedars.
HCA says it is providing the report to "appropriate government authorities," including federal prosecutors in Miami, but does not indicate if any external investigations are under way. HCA also does not name the physicians who have had their privileges suspended.
According to the statement, the review says Cedars should require physicians with diagnostic catheterization privileges to be board-certified in cardiology and that the hospital should establish minimum volume standards for intervention.
The AMF review also calls on Cedars to establish written standards for medical documentation and to require written criteria for staging procedures in the cath lab, HCA says.
An HCA spokesperson could not be reached for comment Monday morning.