Coverage of heart stent investigation

More doctors accused of putting unnecessary stents in patients

A Towson law firm has accused eight more doctors of playing a role in implanting unnecessary heart stents in patients at St. Joseph Medical Center where cardiologist Dr. Mark Midei has been accused of performing the same procedures in hundreds of patients who didn't need them.

Judge upholds removal of Mark Midei's medical license

A Baltimore county judge has denied Mark Midei's appeal for a reinstatement of his medical license, ruling that there was "substantial evidence" for the Maryland Board of Physicians to find last year that the Towson cardiologist falsified patient records to justify the placement of unnecessary coronary stents.

Judge: St. Joseph's couldn't have duped Midei

A Baltimore County judge ruled St. Joseph Medical Center could not have duped stent doctor Mark Midei into agreeing not to sue

Cardiologist's defamation suit dismissed

Midei had sued St. Joseph Medical Center over stent scandal

St. Joseph enters into agreement with University of Maryland Medical System

University of Maryland Medical System to buy St. Joseph Medical Center

St. Joseph Medical Center board recommends buyer

Towson hospital declines to name selection; Catholic Health Initiatives has final say

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Midei seeks trial in St. Joseph Medical Center suit

Stent doctor Mark Midei's lawyers cast the surgeon as a scapegoat in an effort to bring his case against St. Joseph Medical Center to trial.

St. Joseph considers merger with non-Catholic hospital system

St. Jospeh Medical Center enters debate over merger between Catholic and non-Catholic hospital

St. Joseph Medical Center's future unclear

Liability among the hurdles St. Joseph hospital faces in attracting strategic partnership

Stent committee recommends increased oversight

A state advisory group on Thursday recommended legislative changes to bolster oversight of coronary stent placements amid widespread concerns about unnecessary medical procedures, but it stopped short of proposing that state law regulate physician reviews in hospitals.

Stent committee member faces accusations

A Maryland Health Care Commission committee has been developing safeguards to prevent implantation of unnecessary stents. But one of its members — Dr. John Chung-Yee Wang — is himself accused of improper stenting in three separate legal claims

Mark Midei fights for medical license, exoneration

Mark Midei tells his side of the stent story in an exclusive interview with The Baltimore Sun, his first extended comments since inquiries into unnecessary medical procedures were initiated against him in May 2009.

Salisbury stent doctor sentenced to federal prison

John R. McLean, a Salisbury physician, was sentenced to eight years in federal prison Thursday, making him the second cardiologist in the country to face incarceration for implanting unnecessary coronary stents in dozens of patients, then fraudulently billing thousands for the work.

St. Joseph hospital seeks strategic partnership

Revenue down at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson as it seeks a strategic partnership

New study scrutinizes heart stent procedures

Emergency procedures deemed mostly appropriate, but 'elective' cases questioned

Cardiologist defends himself at license hearing

Mark Midei makes case to physicians' board that he practiced appropriately

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Stent doctor's fraud lawsuit transferred to Baltimore County

A $60 million fraud lawsuit filed by Dr. Mark Midei against St. Joseph Medical Center was transferred to the county Monday by a city judge who also threw Midei's attorney out of the courtroom.

Federal investigators to supervise stent doctors

A five-year contract with St. Joseph Medical Center gives federal investigators oversight of the Towson hospital and requires that it comply with strict rules meant to guard against kickbacks and unnecessary medical procedures.

Stent sellers were allowed inside lab despite hospital ban

Salespeople for stent maker Abbott Laboratories were often permitted inside a cardiac treatment room at St. Joseph Medical Center during patient procedures despite hospital rules against it, according to a deposition of Dr. Mark G. Midei.

Timeline: Mark Midei and the stents case

Federal report on stent procedures finds potential fraud

While Dr. Mark Midei was allegedly implanting unnecessary cardiac stents in hundreds of patients at a Towson hospital, stent manufacturer Abbott Laboratories was throwing crab and barbecue feasts at his Monkton home and building a business strategy around the Maryland cardiologist's high output.

Towson hospital settles kickback claims

St. Joseph Medical Center has agreed to pay $22 million to settle claims that it engaged in a kickback scheme with the Pikesville cardiology group MidAtlantic Cardiovascular Associates.

St. Joseph lawsuits could lead to conflicting defense strategies

Malpractice attorneys suing Dr. Mark Midei for performing unnecessary stent procedures at a Towson hospital say they got a legal boost from a surprising source: Midei himself.

Lawyer alleges negligence, fraud at St. Joseph Medical Center

An attorney says negotiations with St. Joseph Medical Center over patients who received cardiac stents they might not have needed have collapsed and that he plans to file malpractice claims on behalf of 104 clients.

Maryland investigation targets second hospital

State regulatory agencies have launched an investigation into another Maryland hospital that may be performing unnecessary medical procedures.

Hospital lawyers fight claims of unnecessary stents

St. Joseph Medical Center has repeatedly said it wants to do right by its patients who may have unnecessarily received coronary stents from the hospital's star cardiologist. But now that the lawyers have arrived with hundreds of claimants, some say the hospital's message has changed.

Cardiologist meets with doctor board over stent implants

Midei's lawyer is mum after accused heart doctor emerges from three-hour meeting

Stents stir growing doubts, legal action

Coronary stenting, a multi-billion-dollar medical industry, is not as safe — or as effective — as once thought.

St. Joseph, two others, had highest stent rates

Three Maryland hospitals have consistently outpaced all others in the use of intracoronary stents to treat heart patients, according to data obtained by The Baltimore Sun, raising questions as state regulators explore whether the expensive procedure is performed unnecessarily by some doctors.

Towson cardiologist faces professional charges

The regulatory board responsible for licensing doctors in Maryland has filed charges against a Towson cardiologist accused of performing hundreds of unnecessary procedures

Sun exclusive: Officials broaden stent investigation

State health officials investigating claims that a Towson cardiologist executed hundreds of unnecessary medical procedures have identified other Maryland doctors with questionable practices.

Lawyers see St. Joseph's stent claims growing

St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson notified 585 patients that they might have received coronary stents they didn't need, but now more patients are coming forward saying their own review of their records shows they got unneeded stents too.

Probe focuses on heart stents