Have you got your unnecessary heart s...

Have you got your unnecessary heart stent yet?

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Since: Feb 10

Henderson, KY

#1 Dec 7, 2010
lot of press going on about cardiologists placing stents without a good reason and are getting prosecuted for Medicare fraud. Some people who place them better hope they don't visit Ashland!


Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., and Ranking Member Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, have released a Finance Committee report detailing the case of a doctor who reportedly implanted nearly 600 potentially medically unnecessary stents from 2007 through mid-2009 at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson, Md., and his relationship with Abbott Laboratories. The Senate report found that the questionable stent implantations cost the Medicare program $3.8 million during that period.

In a press release, Baucus and Grassley said they initiated their inquiry as part of the committee’s oversight role of the Medicare and Medicaid programs and the Senators’ efforts to protect taxpayer dollars from waste, fraud and abuse after media reports unveiled the alleged improper procedures.

“This report sets forth alarming evidence that patients at St. Joseph Medical Center received unnecessary and potentially harmful stent implants time and again—a pattern that is shocking, disturbing and shameful. Doctors should not be performing invasive medical procedures patients don’t need, and taxpayers certainly shouldn’t be paying for these wasteful and improper implantations,” said Baucus.“Even more disconcerting is that this could be a sign of a larger national trend of wasteful medical device use.”
Not Sure

Idalou, TX

#2 Dec 8, 2010
My Flatwoods KDMC clinic dr. referred me to a cardiologist next door to them who claimed I needed a heart catheter. By God's grace the one who was supposed to do it (who looked like the doc on Robot Chicken)didn't put in a stent. When I came out of it he told me everything was fine. That he had no idea why the cardiologist thought I needed a catheter & possible stent. I think his name was Ansiprella or something like that.I'm just grateful he didn't put one in anyway. Even Dr. Oz (who is a cardiologist)has been talking on the air about the abundance of unnecessary stents & the dangers they pose.

Ashland, KY

#3 Dec 8, 2010
KDMC and the state have been notified of employees or former employees calling in prescriptions on their own authority,not qualified, and yes.....even on minor children who had never seen the dr(s) Now,even though no records on minor children at all,with evidence, KDMC thinks by ignoring the problem it goes away.....NOT, tell you,some patient records are on the loose as well..........when their heart-center was SV Card. was told they wanted tests,tests,tests,=======$$ alot will be on the news.....

if you need a cardiologist and want care, better to go anywhere but that place.

Baird, TX

#4 Jul 17, 2013
Texas-based attorneys Mikal C. Watts and Ryan L. Thompson, with Watts, Guerra, Craft LLP, have created a new website to reach patients, or their surviving family members, who may have received unnecessary medical procedures performed at King’s Daughters Medical Center in Ashland, Ky. since 2000. The firm created the website after the Daily Independent, Ashland’s newspaper, refused to let them advertise.
I pulled this from a paper today. It is ashame when they profit of the people of our area and shame on you ASHLAND DALIY NEWSPAPER. WHAT GIVES YOU THE RIGHT TO HIDE THE TRUTH FROM THE PEOPLE WHO BUY UR PAPER. ARE YOU IN BED WITH THEM TOO?

Nicholasville, KY

#5 Jul 17, 2013
First of all, there are no honest lawyers in the area that are not scared to fight KDMC. The news paper is just another rag like the Herald Discrace that gives out what it is allowed by their higher ups. I hope everyone gets what they deserve. It is sad that it takes someone from another state to stand up to the corruption invoked by greed. You go where the money is and people need your services.
May I suggest a couple of basic English classes before you write again....?

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