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    Times': Hospital chain uncovers unneeded heart procedures

    This kind of stuff is disgusting and its being uncovered all the time. This is a NON partisan issue since Conservatives and Liberals lives and the lives of their families are at stake.
    This is why im against for PROFIT health care. Too many times the "PROFIT" over rides everything else and the real focus of healthcare.
    Special thank you to the nurse who brought this to the forefront for investigation.

    Ive said this many times...not all PROFIT is good profit...or just profit or should be allowed to be made


    Some cardiologists in the nation's largest for-profit hospital chain have been performing lucrative but sometimes unnecessary procedures that in some cases put patient lives at risk, The New York Times reports.
    The newspaper says HCA, which operates 163 facilities, has "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."
    Physicians sometimes made misleading statements in medical records that made it appear the procedures were necessary, according to HCA internal reports reviewed by the Times. The documents don't detail the number of such procedures or how many patients died or were injured, but they "suggest that the problems at HCA went beyond a rogue doctor or two," the Times reports.


    HCA began its investigation when a nurse at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center in Fort Pierce, Fla., expressed concerns. At Lawnwood, where a test known as a cardiac catheterization is performed, about half the procedures, or 1,200, involved patients without significant heart disease, the Times says, citing a confidential 2010 review.

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    Re: Times': Hospital chain uncovers unneeded heart procedures

    When a "business" is for profit it is always going to put money ahead of people. Virtually every business will try to sell you on things you dont need. They want to make you think you need them so they can get more money out of you and therefore increase their profits. It is largely true that they don't care about you. A customer is always secondary to profit. As long as we have for profit hospitals and as long as our medical care in this country is run by $$$$ these will continue to happen. I dont know what the solution is, and free healthcare is not it but neither is the current process.
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    Re: Times': Hospital chain uncovers unneeded heart procedures

    Quote Originally Posted by lpast View Post
    This kind of stuff is disgusting and its being uncovered all the time. This is a NON partisan issue since Conservatives and Liberals lives and the lives of their families are at stake.
    This is why im against for PROFIT health care. Too many times the "PROFIT" over rides everything else and the real focus of healthcare.
    Special thank you to the nurse who brought this to the forefront for investigation.

    Ive said this many times...not all PROFIT is good profit...or just profit or should be allowed to be made


    Some cardiologists in the nation's largest for-profit hospital chain have been performing lucrative but sometimes unnecessary procedures that in some cases put patient lives at risk, The New York Times reports.
    The newspaper says HCA, which operates 163 facilities, has "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."
    Physicians sometimes made misleading statements in medical records that made it appear the procedures were necessary, according to HCA internal reports reviewed by the Times. The documents don't detail the number of such procedures or how many patients died or were injured, but they "suggest that the problems at HCA went beyond a rogue doctor or two," the Times reports.

    HCA began its investigation when a nurse at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center in Fort Pierce, Fla., expressed concerns. At Lawnwood, where a test known as a cardiac catheterization is performed, about half the procedures, or 1,200, involved patients without significant heart disease, the Times says, citing a confidential 2010 review.

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    Re: Times': Hospital chain uncovers unneeded heart procedures

    Do not discount that many procedures are CYA for malpractice. They don't need to do them,
    but if they don't and something goes wrong, they are found at fault for not doing everything possible.
    I am not saying they are right, only that there may be other reasons besides profit.

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    Re: Times': Hospital chain uncovers unneeded heart procedures

    An acquaintance of mine, Joe Zerga, uncovered this in Tenet hospitals and got a multi-million dollar reward. See the story here:
    OPERATING PROFITS: Mining Medicare; How One Hospital Benefited From Questionable Surgery - New York Times

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    Re: Times': Hospital chain uncovers unneeded heart procedures

    This is the single biggest problem with the American medical system. Its one big giant moral hazard in which doctors have the incentive to proscribe unneeded treatment as a means of profit. What we really need is create a division so that the person making a diagnosis and the person profiting from the treatment aren't the same person.

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    Re: Times': Hospital chain uncovers unneeded heart procedures

    Quote Originally Posted by lpast View Post
    This kind of stuff is disgusting and its being uncovered all the time. This is a NON partisan issue since Conservatives and Liberals lives and the lives of their families are at stake.
    This is why im against for PROFIT health care. Too many times the "PROFIT" over rides everything else and the real focus of healthcare.
    Special thank you to the nurse who brought this to the forefront for investigation.

    Ive said this many times...not all PROFIT is good profit...or just profit or should be allowed to be made


    Some cardiologists in the nation's largest for-profit hospital chain have been performing lucrative but sometimes unnecessary procedures that in some cases put patient lives at risk, The New York Times reports.
    The newspaper says HCA, which operates 163 facilities, has "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."
    Physicians sometimes made misleading statements in medical records that made it appear the procedures were necessary, according to HCA internal reports reviewed by the Times. The documents don't detail the number of such procedures or how many patients died or were injured, but they "suggest that the problems at HCA went beyond a rogue doctor or two," the Times reports.


    HCA began its investigation when a nurse at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center in Fort Pierce, Fla., expressed concerns. At Lawnwood, where a test known as a cardiac catheterization is performed, about half the procedures, or 1,200, involved patients without significant heart disease, the Times says, citing a confidential 2010 review.

    'Times': Hospital chain uncovers unneeded heart procedures
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    Re: Times': Hospital chain uncovers unneeded heart procedures

    Quote Originally Posted by longview View Post
    Do not discount that many procedures are CYA for malpractice. They don't need to do them,
    but if they don't and something goes wrong, they are found at fault for not doing everything possible.
    I am not saying they are right, only that there may be other reasons besides profit.
    That's really not what is going on with HCA.

    They don't have enough "pumps" to go around.. and newer medications mean you don't need so many $10K stents.

    HCA did this before back in the 1990s when Rick Scott was running the show.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharon View Post
    That's really not what is going on with HCA.

    They don't have enough "pumps" to go around.. and newer medications mean you don't need so many $10K stents.

    HCA did this before back in the 1990s when Rick Scott was running the show.
    In fact they are opening themselves up to serious litigation risk by performing these unnecessary procedures. A cardiac catheter involves running a wire from your groin all the way into your heart. It is a risky procedure and it's totally irresponsible to perform one where it isn't clinically necessary. It's not like ordering a few extra blood tests.
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    Re: Times': Hospital chain uncovers unneeded heart procedures

    Quote Originally Posted by AdamT View Post
    In fact they are opening themselves up to serious litigation risk by performing these unnecessary procedures. A cardiac catheter involves running a wire from your groin all the way into your heart. It is a risky procedure and it's totally irresponsible to perform one where it isn't clinically necessary. It's not like ordering a few extra blood tests.
    They paid millions in fines last go round and set up an ethics committee..

    Same scam that Tenet ran.

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