HCA Hospitals Under Investigation for Unnecessary Procedures on Patients

Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), a hospital chain that has 163 hospitals and 110 surgery centers under its umbrella, is under investigation over allegations that physicians at some of its hospitals intentionally performed unnecessary procedures on patients.

The New York times reports that the investigation was spawned by a 2010 letter from a former nurse to HCA’s chief ethics officer. The nurse was an employee of Lawnwood Regional Medical Center — an HCA hospital in Fort Pierce, Florida — and advised the ethics officer that doctors had been performing heart procedures on patients who did not need them. According to a confidential memo that followed internal investigation, the ethics officer concluded: “allegations related to unnecessary procedures being performed in the cath lab are substantiated.”

Just yesterday, HCA Holdings Inc. confirmed the investigation in a 10-Q filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company’s filing explains that:

In July 2012, the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Miami requested information on reviews assessing the medical necessity of interventional cardiology services provided at any Company facility (other than peer reviews). Based upon the Company’s review to date, which is not yet complete, the Company believes that such reviews have occurred at approximately 10 of its affiliated hospitals, located primarily in Florida.

If you were a patient at an HCA-affiliated hospital in Florida, or elsewhere, and you have reason to believe that you underwent an invasive heart procedure that was not necessary, you may have a claim against HCA and/or the hospital. We invite you to contact our firm at (610) 941-4204, or on our website, www.pbmattorneys.com, to discuss your potential case.