Tampa, Florida (PRWEB) August 16, 2012
The attorneys at Morgan and Morgan are looking to hear from patients who received cardiac catheterizations and stent procedures at Florida hospitals. In light of a recent report, the attorneys have reason to believe that some patients treated at certain hospitals in the state may have received unnecessary cardiac work. The attorneys have reviewed an article published in the New York Times which reported that some Florida facilities owned by hospital giant HCA needlessly ordered these procedures to drive up patient costs and increase revenue. Reportedly, these hospitals include, but may not limited to, the following: Lawnwood Medical Center in Fort Pierce; Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point; and Cedars Medical Center in Miami, which is no longer owned by HCA. The article also said that Kendall Regional Medical Center in Miami and Palms West Hospital near West Palm Beach administered “questionable treatment,” in some individuals without heart disease, according to a HCA review.
According to the Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/07/business/hospital-chain-internal-reports-found-dubious-cardiac-work.html?_r=2&pagewanted=all), HCA uncovered, but failed to alert patients or medical authorities to, evidence revealing that some cardiologists at several of its facilities in Florida could not justify many of the cardiac procedures they performed between 2002 and late 2010. The Times reviewed countless pages of internal memos, e-mails and other documents which contained details about the unnecessary procedures and the company’s knowledge of this practice. According to the Times, these documents revealed that hospital officials were not discussing whether authorities or patients should be contacted, but rather asked for information on how the doctors’ activities affected the hospitals’ profits.
“Hospitals that willingly perform unnecessary cardiac work are putting otherwise healthy patients at risk for serious complications,” said Michael Goetz, an attorney with Morgan and Morgan. “Blood clots, heart attack and the need for continual drug treatment are just a few of the long-term risks associated with treatments, which for some patients, should have never been performed in the first place.”
The complications posed during the actual procedure can also be life-threatening. The New York Times recounts an incident of a 44-year-old man who reportedly arrived at Bayonet Point’s emergency room complaining of chest pain. According to internal documents reviewed by the Times, the man suffered a punctured blood vessel and life-threatening irregular heartbeat after a doctor carried out a procedure which an outside expert suggested may have not been needed. The patient had to be revived, according to the Times citing doctor testimony from a medical hearing on the case.
Florida cardiac patients can learn more about the allegations posed in the article and receive a free evaluation of their claim by visiting http://www.unnecessarystentlawyers.com/ today. Morgan and Morgan is dedicated to protecting the people, not the powerful, and offers this online case review at no cost and with no obligation.
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