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Cardiologist gets 20 years

Postby Pyrrho » Sat Dec 19, 2015 12:38 am

http://www.cleveland.com/court-justice/ ... ts_20.html

Dr. Harry Persaud, in speaking to the judge before learning his fate, was defiant and maintained that he did not willingly hurt anybody. In more than 35 minutes of remarks, he said he can explain exactly why he took the steps he did with each patient.

"Differently doesn't mean incorrect," Persaud said, "and what's the impetus for me to change if I'm getting good results?"

U.S. District Judge Donald Nugent was not swayed, though, and noted that panels of doctors "found you didn't perform as well as you thought you did."

Persaud, 56, performed dozens of unnecessary stent insertions, catheterizations and tests, and caused unnecessary coronary artery bypass surgeries to be performed as part of a scheme to overbill Medicare and other insurers for $29 million. He received about $5.7 million worth of payouts.


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Re: Cardiologist gets 20 years

Postby Anaxagoras » Sat Dec 19, 2015 12:47 am

This shows a flaw in medicare though. There's an incentive to perform as many expensive procedures as possible whether they are needed or not. Doctors aren't paid for good health outcomes, they are paid according to how many procedures they perform. Seems like every few months we hear about some crooked doctor getting pinched in a scheme to defraud medicare or insurance companies.
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Re: Cardiologist gets 20 years

Postby Doctor X » Sat Dec 19, 2015 3:00 am

Anaxagoras wrote:This shows a flaw in medicare though. There's an incentive to perform as many expensive procedures as possible whether they are needed or not. Doctors aren't paid for good health outcomes, they are paid according to how many procedures they perform. Seems like every few months we hear about some crooked doctor getting pinched in a scheme to defraud medicare or insurance companies.


Not necessarily crocked--though this one seems to fit the "bill"--also doing it to make up the short fall because medicare and medicaid does not cover the real cost of even standard procedures. Add in the under to not-insured.

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Postby Anaxagoras » Sat Dec 19, 2015 6:47 am

Doctor X wrote:Not necessarily crocked--though this one seems to fit the "bill"--also doing it to make up the short fall because medicare and medicaid does not cover the real cost of even standard procedures. Add in the under to not-insured.

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Re: Cardiologist gets 20 years

Postby Doctor X » Sat Dec 19, 2015 9:26 pm

Only in America do you pay for illegal immigrants, the uninsured, et cetera.

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