Cardiologist Outed By Hospital For Unnecessary Stents

April 9th, 2013 by Qui Tam

The University of Pennsylvania Health System announced yesterday that it had reported a cardiologist to federal authorities, state regulators, and patients for performing unnecessary stent procedures at a system hospital. The physician, Vidya Banka, 71, was an independent cardiologist with medical privileges at Pennsylvania Hospital (he has since given up those privileges).¬† Outside cardiovascular experts reviewed a sample of patients who received stents by by Dr. Banka over the last five years, and they concluded that medical tests did not reveal¬† significant blockages in the heart blood vessels for approximately 20 patients. Penn took extraordinary steps in response to the finding: it notified the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Philadelphia; it also notified the Pennsylvania Board of Medicine, which licenses and disciplines physicians; and it offered patients who may have received stents inappropriately the services of a Penn cardiologist at no cost, or have their records transferred to a physician of their choice.

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