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Stent Lawsuit Settlement

Peninsula Regional Medical Center will settle a number of unnecessary stent cases for $1.8. million, the U.S. Department of Justice announced last week.

Besides the unnecessary stents, Peninsula was also accused of failing to follow up on complaints by its own employees in the hospital’s cardiac catheterization laboratory about the “medically unnecessary nature of the procedures” by a cardiologist who has since been convicted of health care fraud.

I think St. Joe got the ball rolling on what will be the discovery of hundreds of schemes around the country to implant stents in patients who simply did not need a stent procedure in the first place.