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Hospital Sued for Unnecessary Procedures Settles with Govt.

4:02 PM, Jan 19, 2012   |    comments
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WAYCROSS, Ga. -- To settle allegations of worthless and unnecessary medical procedures, a local hospital has paid the government nearly $1 million.

According to a news release from United States Attorney Edward J. Tarver, the lawsuit was filed against Satilla Regional Medical Center in July 2010 alleging that Dr. Najam Azmat, a staff surgeon, submitted claims for endovascular procedures he was not qualified or credentialed to perform.

One patient died, according to Tarver, and other were seriously injured and unnecessarily endangered.

Today's settlement announcement of $840,000 resolves the false claims allegations against the hospital only.

"The Department of Justice is committed to protecting the Medicare program and its beneficiaries from unscrupulous providers who place profits over quality health care," Tarver said.

The lawsuit was initiated by a whistleblower, a nurse who formerly worked at the medical center, according to Tarver, and that nurse will receive a share of the settlement.

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