St. Joseph Medical Center Heart Stent Lawsuit Settles for $37 Million

By on April 8, 2014

Catholic Health Initiatives, former owner of St. Joseph Medical Center, agreed to pay up to $37 million in order to settle a class action lawsuit involving allegations of unnecessary heart stent procedures.

The hundreds of allegedly unnecessary procedures were performed by Mark G. Midei, a cardiologist who lost his medical license after the Maryland Board of Physicians found that he falsified records to justify the expensive procedures.  Midei was not named as a defendant in the Catholic Initiatives case and he denied wrongdoing.

The stents are intended to facilitate adequate blood flow in blood vessels that are in danger of being blocked.  In connection with a federal investigation, an internal review at St. Joseph Medical Center revealed that a number of Midei’s patients did not require stents since they presented only minor clogging.

In 2012, St. Joseph Medical Center was sold to the University of Maryland Medical System, which did not assume any liabilities in connection with the stent lawsuits.

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