A hospital in Salisbury, Md., has agreed to pay $1.8 million and submit to a corporate integrity agreement to resolve allegations that administrators knew about and failed to stop a criminal cardiologist who implanted more than 100 medically unnecessary heart stents.
Md. hospital to pay $1.8 million over unneeded stents
A news release from the U.S. attorney’s office in Baltimore says the 408-bed Peninsula Regional Medical Center agreed to repay the government the proceeds from unneeded stents implanted between April 2003 and December 2006 by Dr. John McLean.
McLean, 59, was convicted by a federal jury last month of six counts of healthcare fraud for implanting unneeded stents, making false notations in patient files and ordering unneeded follow-up tests, causing fraudulent bills to Medicare and Medicaid.
In the investigation of the hospital, federal officials alleged that senior medical staff failed to investigate evidence presented by staff at the cardiac catheterization lab at Peninsula Regional that McLean was implanting medically unnecessary heart stents.
The hospital’s corporate integrity agreement requires Peninsula Regional to ensure accurate medical billing by, among other steps, naming physician-executives to oversee “medical staff quality-of-care matters,” according to the federal news release.
Healthcare providers in civil settlements typically do not admit liability in settling federal allegations, but a hospital spokesperson could not be reached for comment Thursday. A spokeswoman declined comment last month when contacted about McLean’s conviction.
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