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Heart centers settle unnecessary procedures claim
Lorain County-based firms to pay $4.4 million

Kabir Bhatia
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An Elyria hospital system and a regional heart center will pay $4.4 million to settle a lawsuit over unnecessary heart procedures. EMH Regional Medical Center and North Ohio Heart Center are accused of performing angioplasties and inserting stents in Medicare patients who didn’t need them from 2001 to 2006. U.S. Attorney Steven Dettelbach says the hospital put profit before patient health and taxpayer dollars.
Steve Dettelbach on cardiac settlement

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“The New York Times ran an article on this, years back, and the Dartmouth Medical Center did a study. All of which showed that there was an abnormal number of these procedures being performed at one specific medical group here in Elyria, Ohio.”

The case was set in motion, however, by former hospital lab manager Kenny Loughner. He had sued over the improper Medicare billing under the federal whistleblower law, and he’ll receive $661,000 as part of the settlement.
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