US private hospital chain is investigated for possible unnecessary coronary procedures

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 16 August 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e5476
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington, DC

The largest private hospital chain in the United States1 is being investigated by the Justice Department for possibly performing unnecessary cardiac procedures under the Medicare health insurance programme.

The company has acknowledged that it is cooperating with federal attorneys “on reviews assessing the medical necessity of interventional cardiology services” provided at its facilities.

HCA was formed in 1968 as the Hospital Corporation of America. It operates 163 hospitals and 110 surgical centres in the United States and England, employs around 200 000 people, and has a revenue of …

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