More let­ters sent in Md.

St. Joseph has now con­tacted 538 peo­ple on stents

Modern Healthcare - - The Week In Healthcare - Shawn Rhea

St. Joseph Med­i­cal Cen­ter has sent let­ters to an ad­di­tional 169 for­mer pa­tients no­ti­fy­ing them that they might have un­der­gone un­nec­es­sary stent­ing, ac­cord­ing to a writ­ten state­ment is­sued by the Tow­son, Md., hospi­tal.

This batch of let­ters brings the to­tal no­ti­fi­ca­tions to 538. Let­ters were first is­sued last De­cem­ber af­ter an in­ter­nal re­view un­cov­ered pa­tients treated by the 332-bed hospi­tal’s for­mer car­diac catheter­i­za­tion lab­o­ra­tory di­rec­tor, Mark Midei, were not ap­pro­pri­ate candidates.

The hospi­tal be­gan no­ti­fy­ing pa­tients last De­cem­ber around the same time that a Bal­ti­more County civil jury found that Midei had com­mit­ted fraud by steer­ing hospi­tal pa­tients to sur­geons em­ployed by his prac­tice. St. Joseph, which was named in the civil case, was cleared of wrong­do­ing.

Hospi­tal of­fi­cials reached an agree­ment in July 2009 to set­tle an in­ves­ti­ga­tion that fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors had launched into the physi­cian re­fer­ral case. St. Joseph ter­mi­nated its re­la­tion­ship with Midei last sum­mer.

In a re­lated mat­ter, Thom­son Reuters re­moved St. Joseph from its list of the 100 top heart hos­pi­tals for 2009 be­cause the po­ten­tially un­nec­es­sary stent pro­ce­dures were per­formed dur­ing the data-col­lec­tion pe­riod to as­sem­ble the 2009 list. Thom­son Reuters re­placed St. Joseph on the list with 407-bed Bap­tist Hospi­tal East, Louisville, Ky.

The orig­i­nal list of the 100 Top Hos­pi­tals: Car­dio­vas­cu­lar Bench­marks, 2009, ap­peared in the Nov. 16, 2009 is­sue of Mod­ern Health­care. The re­vised list is avail­able on Mod­ern Health­care.com un­der Sur­veys, Lists and Data.

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