Coverage of heart stent investigation
7:31 PM EDT, October 16, 2012
A Towson law firm has accused eight more doctors of playing a role in implanting unnecessary heart stents in patients at St. Joseph Medical Center, where cardiologist Dr. Mark Midei was accused of performing the procedure in hundreds of patients who didn't need them.
7:04 PM EDT, May 8, 2012
A Baltimore County judge denied Mark Midei's appeal for reinstatement of his medical license, ruling that there was "substantial evidence" for the Maryland Board of Physicians to revoke it last year after finding that the Towson cardiologist falsified patient records to justify the placement of unnecessary coronary stents.
5:31 PM EDT, April 24, 2012
Dr. Mark Midei knew about ongoing state and federal investigations into heart stent procedures he performed when he gave up his right to sue St. Joseph Medical Center, meaning he couldn't have been duped into it, a Baltimore County judge ruled Monday.
7:49 PM EDT, April 23, 2012
A Baltimore County Circuit Court judge dismissed Monday a defamation lawsuit filed by Dr. Mark Midei against St. Joseph Medical Center, barring the embattled cardiologist from seeking damages against his former hospital in the scandal over unnecessary heart stent procedures he's been accused of performing.
8:36 PM EDT, March 23, 2012
Financially troubled St. Joseph Medical Center ended its search for a new owner Friday, announcing that it has entered an agreement to become part of the rapidly expanding University of Maryland Medical System.
8:38 PM EDT, March 20, 2012
St. Joseph Medical Centertook another step in choosing a buyer for its Towson campus.
7:43 PM EST, March 5, 2012
Attorneys for Dr. Mark Midei argued before a Baltimore Circuit Court judge Monday that the embattled cardiologist should get his medical license back, claiming the Board of Physicians stripped it from him last year after erroneously finding that Midei falsified patient records to justify the placement of unnecessary coronary stents.
8:14 PM EST, February 29, 2012
Dr. Mark Midei's lawyers on Wednesday cast the embattled cardiologist as a scapegoat used to mask deeper turmoil at St. Joseph Medical Center as they asked a judge to let a defamation lawsuit Midei filed against the hospital go to trial.
5:01 PM EST, February 26, 2012
Financially troubled St. Joseph Medical Centermay soon become part of a hospital system that does not follow its strict Catholic beliefs on abortion and reproductive rights.
6:30 PM EST, January 27, 2012
St. Joseph Medical Center plans to cut 17 positions at the troubled Towson hospital as part of a "performance improvement initiative."
7:31 PM EST, December 28, 2011
When a star cardiologist at St. Joseph Medical Center was accused of performing hundreds of unnecessary medical procedures in 2009, it changed the course of the Towson hospital and now raises questions about its future.
7:24 PM EST, December 28, 2011
The Maryland Health Care Commission sent recommendations Wednesday to the General Assembly on stepping up oversight of coronary stent placements.
9:19 PM EST, December 16, 2011
The University of Maryland Medical System and LifeBridge Health are among five suitors vying for a partnership with St. Joseph Medical Center, though a deal will likely be complicated by the Towson hospital's poor financial situation.
8:51 PM EST, December 15, 2011
A state advisory group on Thursday recommended legislative changes to bolster oversight of coronary stent placements amid widespread concerns about unnecessary medical procedures, but it stopped short of proposing that state law regulate physician reviews in hospitals.
8:40 PM EST, December 14, 2011
After Dr. Mark Midei was accused of implanting unnecessary heart stents in hundreds of patients at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson, a Maryland Health Care Commission committee began developing safeguards to prevent a repeat situation.
12:50 PM EST, December 10, 2011
It took 25 years for Dr. Mark Midei to build his reputation and less than two for it to come crashing down.
7:43 PM EST, November 10, 2011
John R. McLean, a Salisbury physician, was sentenced to eight years in federal prison Thursday, making him the second cardiologist in the country to face incarceration for implanting unnecessary coronary stents in dozens of patients, then fraudulently billing insurers thousands for the work.
10:49 PM EDT, November 1, 2011
Union Memorial Hospital and the chief of its cardiac catheterization lab have been sued by a woman who claims that she unnecessarily had stents placed in her arteries, and that her recurring chest pains were later diagnosed as stemming from a stomach ailment.
5:33 PM EDT, October 16, 2011
St. Joseph Medical Center is looking to partner with other hospitals as it continues to lose patients and revenue in the wake of problems with its lead cardiologist — a move that experts say might even lead to a merger.
8:31 PM EDT, October 10, 2011
A Baltimore law firm lost a portable hard drive containing information about its cases, including medical records for 161 stent patients suing cardiologist Dr. Mark G. Midei, a firm client, for alleged malpractice at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson.
6:36 PM EDT, August 12, 2011
St. Joseph Medical Center tapped a veteran health care manager Friday to replace its president and chief executive, who resigned two weeks ago without explanation.
6:21 PM EDT, August 10, 2011
Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury has agreed to pay $2.8 million to settle federal claims it failed to prevent cardiologist John R. McLean from placing medically unnecessary stents in dozens of patients between 2003 and 2006, the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office announced Wednesday.
7:23 PM EDT, July 26, 2011
A federal jury convicted a retired Eastern Shore cardiologist Tuesday of health care fraud and related charges for placing unnecessary coronary stents in the arteries of dozens of patients, then billing private and public insurers hundreds of thousands of dollars for the procedures.
9:34 PM EDT, July 13, 2011
The Maryland Board of Physicians revoked the medical license of Dr. Mark G. Midei on Wednesday, finding that the Towson cardiologist falsified patient records in order to justify unnecessary and expensive cardiac stent procedures.
8:25 PM EDT, July 6, 2011
A new study of more than 500,000 cardiac patients who underwent recent cardiac stent or angioplasty procedures in the United States has found that up to 15 percent were either unnecessary or appeared to be of uncertain medical benefit.
6:20 PM EDT, June 22, 2011
The Towson cardiologist accused of placing cardiac stents into patients who didn't need them had a chance to defend himself Wednesday before the Maryland Board of Physicians, which is deciding whether the doctor should retain his license.
6:28 PM EST, January 24, 2011
A $60 million fraud lawsuit filed by Dr. Mark Midei against St. Joseph Medical Center — the Towson hospital that claimed he performed unnecessary stent procedures — was transferred to Baltimore County on Monday by a city judge who also threw Midei's attorney out of the courtroom and called information in his legal filings "dated" and "inaccurate."
12:01 AM EST, December 25, 2010
Federal investigators have ordered St. Joseph Medical Center to conduct annual, random audits of its cardiac care practice to verify that the procedures performed there are necessary, in the wake of allegations that Dr. Mark G. Midei placed heart stents in hundreds of patients who didn't need them.
9:52 PM EST, December 14, 2010
Salespeople for stent maker Abbott Laboratories were often allowed inside a cardiac treatment room at St. Joseph Medical Center while patient procedures were being performed, despite hospital rules against it, according to sworn testimony from Dr. Mark G. Midei taken as part of a lawsuit accusing him of implanting stents unnecessarily.
11:17 PM EST, December 14, 2010
January 2008: Dr. Mark Midei leaves MidAtlantic Cardiovascular Associates to become a full-time employee of St. Joseph Medical Center, leading a former colleague to vow revenge against him.
11:37 PM EST, December 6, 2010
The payments and "VIP trips" given to a Maryland cardiologist by Abbott Laboratories for parties and consulting work — disclosed in a federal report released Monday — are just what new legislation and industry guidelines are supposed to curtail, lawmakers said.
12:15 AM EST, December 6, 2010
While Dr. Mark Midei was allegedly implanting unnecessary cardiac stents in hundreds of patients at a Towson hospital, stent manufacturer Abbott Laboratories was paying for crab and barbecue feasts at his Monkton home and building a business strategy around the Maryland cardiologist's high output, according to a federal report being released today.
9:12 PM EST, November 9, 2010
St. Joseph Medical Center has agreed to pay $22 million to settle federal claims that it engaged in a decade-long kickback scheme with Pikesville cardiology group MidAtlantic Cardiovascular Associates, which was co-founded by Dr. Mark G. Midei — the cardiologist accused of performing hundreds of unwarranted medical procedures at the Towson hospital.
8:07 PM EDT, November 1, 2010
Malpractice attorneys suing Dr. Mark Midei for allegedly performing unnecessary stent procedures at a Towson hospital say they have gotten a legal boost from a surprising source: Midei himself.
2:37 PM EDT, October 5, 2010
An attorney says negotiations with St. Joseph Medical Center over patients who received cardiac stents they might not have needed have collapsed and that he plans to file malpractice claims on behalf of 104 clients.
8:51 PM EDT, September 22, 2010
State health regulators have launched an investigation into a second Maryland hospital suspected of performing unnecessary medical procedures like those alleged at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson, according to a report released Wednesday.
5:27 PM EDT, August 29, 2010
St. Joseph Medical Center has repeatedly said it wants to do right by its coronary stent patients.
6:31 PM EDT, August 4, 2010
A Towson cardiologist who is accused of performing hundreds of unnecessary heart procedures met privately Wednesday with members of the state's Board of Physicians to address the administrative charges.
July 25, 2010
Charles E. Johnson Jr. was a hearty 62 in early 2008. He walked about 20 miles a month, worked out four times a week and played tennis on weekends.
8:23 PM EDT, July 3, 2010
Three hospitals have consistently outpaced all others in Maryland in the use of stents to treat heart patients, according to data obtained by The Baltimore Sun, raising questions as state regulators examine whether the expensive procedure is performed unnecessarily by some doctors.
7:11 PM EDT, June 11, 2010
The regulatory board responsible for licensing doctors in Maryland has filed administrative charges against a Towson cardiologist accused of performing hundreds of unnecessary procedures, beginning a process that could strip him of the authority to practice medicine in the state.
June 9, 2010
Doctors at Union Memorial Hospital would never implant unneeded coronary-artery stents the way Dr. Mark Midei is alleged to have done at nearby St. Joseph Medical Center, a spokeswoman says.
1:47 PM EDT, June 11, 2010
7:03 PM EDT, June 5, 2010
State health officials investigating claims that a Towson cardiologist performed hundreds of unnecessary medical procedures have identified other doctors in Maryland with similarly questionable practices, The Baltimore Sun has learned.
6:06 PM EDT, May 22, 2010
The story Frank Ward tells about his medical history would sound familiar to just about any malpractice attorney in Baltimore.
January 15, 2010
St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson, whose cardiology business is a focus of a continuing federal health-care fraud investigation, has notified hundreds of its heart patients that they may have received expensive and potentially dangerous coronary implants they didn't need.
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