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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The regulatory board responsible for licensing doctors in Maryland has filed charges against a Towson cardiologist accused of performing hundreds of unnecessary procedures
State health officials investigating claims that a Towson cardiologist executed hundreds of unnecessary medical procedures have identified other Maryland doctors with questionable practices.
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.