Cardiac Stent Abuse In Maryland - Maryland Injury Lawyers Blog
Posted on behalf of Goldberg Finnegan, LLC on Sep 28, 2010 in Medical Malpractice
The issue of cardiac stent abuse has been big news in Maryland. Several months ago cardiologist Mark Midei from St. Joseph's Hospital was found to have been doing unnecessary stent procedures in patients who underwent cardiac catheterization. Not only is this offensive to the patient, but it also almost always involves Medicare fraud and/or Medicaid fraud.
I happen to know a lot about cardiac stent procedures in Maryland because my father is a cardiologist and because I have friends and family members who have undergone the procedure. The fact is that for certain patients, stents can save lives. In the aftermath of the stent scandal in Maryland though, certain journalists have taken the bait and tried to make it seem that all stent procedures are bad. A perfect example is Jay Hancock's article in the Baltimore Sun. To see the article click here.
I wrote a letter to the editor responding to the ridiculous statements in this article. To see my letter to the editor click here.
The bottom line is that if you or someone you love had a stent procedure you very well may have needed the procedure and it may have saved your life. Then again, some patients have had cardiac stent procedures who did not need them. If you suspect that your stents were unnecessary, you should have a Maryland medical malpractice lawyer review your case.