A settlement has been reached in the medical malpractice case against St. Joseph Medical Center and the doctor that allegedly placed unnecessary heart stents in patients between 2007 and 2009. A federal investigation and hospital review found hundreds of cases where stents were placed in patients’ arteries that were not medically necessary.
The medical malpractice case began in court in early April and was expected to last about three to six months. But an attorney for the 21 plaintiffs involved in the suit said that a successful resolution has been reached. The details of the settlement have not been disclosed yet.
St. Joseph has had its fair share of trouble. In late 2010, St. Joseph Medical Center agreed to pay the United States $22 million to settle allegations under the False Claims Act that it paid kickbacks and violated the Stark Law when it entered into a professional services contract with MidAtlantic Cardiovascular Associates. The settlement resolved allegations of the payment of kickbacks under the guise of professional services agreements in return for the group’s referrals to the medical center. The settlement resolved issues related to 11 professional services agreements that were being investigated for being above fair market value, not commercially reasonable, or for services not rendered.
If you believe you have a medical malpractice case against St. Joseph Medical Center, contact our medical malpractice lawyers at 1.800.553.8082, or send us a free internet request for consultation.