ClassAction.org is alerting patients to a New York Times story which is reporting that some cardiologists at several HCA-owned hospitals in Florida performed cardiac procedures in patients who did not need them. It is has been reported that potentially dangerous and unnecessary cardiac catheterization and stent placements were performed to drive up patient costs and boost the hospital chain’s profits. The hospitals identified in the report included Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, Lawnwood Regional Medical Center and Cedars Medical Center, which is no longer owned by the company. If you underwent a cardiac catheterization or stent procedure at a HCA hospital in Florida, the attorneys working with ClassAction.org want to hear from you today. If your procedure was performed unnecessarily, you may be able to make a claim against your medical facility to recover compensation for medical bills and other expenses in light of these allegations. To learn more about your eligibility for compensation, visit http://www.classaction.org/unnecessary-stents.html
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After reviewing thousands of pages of internal documents, the Times reported that HCA found that some heart doctors at a number of its hospitals in Florida could not justify many of the procedures they carried out between 2002 and 2010. In some cases, the doctors were reportedly making misleading statements in medical records in an attempt to substantiate the costly procedures they were performing. One nurse at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center reportedly told the Times in an interview that he had seen a doctor place a stent in a patient whom he believed suffered from no artery blockages. An internal investigation by HCA gave credit to the nurse’s claims, with a company ethics officer, in an internal memo, calling allegations surrounding unnecessary procedures at one of the hospital chain’s cath labs “substantiated.” The Times reported that the HCA had investigated a number of instances where doctors were performing unnecessary cardiac procedures, but did not contact medical authorities or patients about its findings.
The Times called HCA’s cardiology practice a “lucrative business,” which contributed greatly to the company’s profits in recent years. The attorneys working with ClassAction.org believe that some of these facilities have put financial goals ahead of patient safety and are looking to hear from patients who suspect they received an unnecessary cardiac procedure. If you or a loved one underwent a heart catheterization or stent procedure at a HCA hospital in Florida, get your potential case reviewed for free by visiting http://www.classaction.org/unnecessary-stents.html
today. There is no cost or obligation to have your situation evaluated.
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