Lawyer: Clients got needless stents

Oct. 5, 2010 at 9:47 PM
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BALTIMORE, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- A Maryland lawyer filed 101 claims Tuesday against a Baltimore hospital, alleging patients had medically unjustified stents inserted in their arteries.

Jay Miller of Towson said he believes the problem extends well beyond St. Joseph Medical Center and Dr. Mark Midei, the cardiologist named in the complaints, The Baltimore Sun reported. He called it "nationwide."

Midei allegedly falsified medical records, wrongly saying patients had arteries so clogged they needed mesh stents to keep blood moving. A complaint filed by a professional board charges him with "gross over-utilization of medical services" and the hospital has dismissed him.

Miller said he filed the claims with the state Health Care Alternative Dispute Resolution Office after failing to get what he considered reasonable settlements in negotiations with the hospital. The filing is the preliminary step in litigation.

He said he represents more than 200 people who allege they received needless stents.

"I want each person to have his or her day in court," Miller said Monday. "Each case is different. Everybody's damages are different. … We're talking about fraud here."

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