Hopital chain investigation found dubious cardiac work
HCA, the largest for-profit hospital chain in the United States with 163 facilities, had uncovered evidence as far back as 2002 and as recently as late 2010 showing that some cardiologists at several of its hospitals in Florida were unable to justify many of the procedures they were performing. Those hospitals included the Cedars Medical Center in Miami, which the company no longer owns, and the Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. In some cases, the doctors made misleading statements in medical records that made it appear the procedures were necessary, according to internal reports. Read the complete report here.
Earlier in the day, HCA released a statement saying, "We understand that the New York Times may be publishing one or more articles about the company. Based upon its questions, the Times appears to be making broad points concerning patient care provided at our company’s affiliated hospitals.'' The statement included background information and charts about the cardiac procedures. Read them here.