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Fraud charges for Md. doctor

The attorney for a Salisbury cardiologist indicted for health care fraud says he's confident his client will be vindicated.

Dr. John McLean is accused of implanting unnecessary stents in the arteries of his patients.

Federal prosecutors say McLean submitted insurance claims for the unnecessary stents, ordered needless tests and falsified patients' medical records.

McLean's attorney, Richard Westling, says the “allegations amount to little more than second-guessing Dr. McLean's medical judgment.”

According to the indictment, McLean recorded in patients' records that their coronary arteries were 70 percent blocked when they were not, then collected more than $500,000 in insurance claims.

McLean is also facing a lawsuit filed by more than a dozen of his patients.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post Editors  |  September 2, 2010; 7:30 AM ET
Categories:  Cons & Scams , Maryland  
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What is the evidence for the unnecessary treatments, tests, and for the falsification of records? Who suspected this? Who found about it? I'm all for getting anyone guilty of Medicare fraud or other insurance fraud, but just how do we know when tests and/or treatments are not necessary?

Posted by: DecafDrinker | September 2, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

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