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July 13, 2012
A Cincinnati, Ohio, hospital has been ordered to pay $1.8 million after it was discovered that a doctor at the facility was not properly evaluating test results. According to the Cincinnati News, this will be the second time in less than three years that Christ Hospital in Mount Auburn will be required to make a payout due to accusations of Ohio medical malpractice.
The Justice Department made the settlement decision in June after the former Medical Director of Vascular Lab Services discovered that one of the doctors signed off on the vascular testing of more than 8,000 patients without examining the results. The tests were conducted to find arterial blockages, blood clots, and aneurysms throughout patient’s bodies.
The former director stated, “My concern is that when a hospital elects to ignore their own internal procedures and in doing so puts patients at risk, that’s the problem that sort of forced me to file a claim.”
In 2010, the hospital was also subject to another scandal, in which a doctor pointed out that time in the hospital’s heart station was distributed based on the amount of revenue the doctor was bringing in. This was considered a “kickback” and the hospital was ordered to pay roughly $28 million.
The Cleveland, Ohio Personal Injury Lawyers with Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy would encourage anyone who is unsure of a diagnosis given by a doctor to seek a second opinion.
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