Skip to comments.6 arrested in alleged kickback scheme at Sacred Heart Hospital
Posted on 04/18/2013 5:24:32 AM PDT by KeyLargo
6 arrested in alleged kickback scheme at Sacred Heart Hospital
April 16, 2013|By Jason Meisner | Tribune reporter
An elderly man was admitted to Sacred Heart Hospital on Chicago's West Side in late February, intubated and sedated for more than a week and scheduled for an emergency tracheotomy even though it was medically unnecessary, federal prosecutors allege.
After a hospital administrator raised questions, the surgery was postponed. Later that day, the administrator asked the longtime owner of the hospital, Edward Novak, if he was upset about the cancellation. "Tell me about it! Tell me about it!" Novak allegedly replied.
What Novak didn't know was the administrator was secretly recording their conversation while working undercover as part of a federal investigation into an elaborate kickback scheme at Sacred Heart that allegedly involved everything from unnecessary sedation to penile implants, all fraudulently billed to Medicare and Medicaid.
The three-year investigation came to light early Tuesday when federal agents arrested Novak, 58, of Park Ridge, as well as another hospital executive and four physicians in connection with a scheme that prosecutors said netted more than $225,000 in cash and at least $2 million in health care program reimbursements.
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Obama says doctors cut off patients legs for $$$
why oh why?
yes, the poor will be pawns used to make money by disreputable private medical persons billing the state
Doctors would never do unnecessary medical procedure for monety!
Aboritonists would never kill a live baby born after an attempted abortion!
Health Care will cost less under Obamacare!
...a string of FAILS!
Kickbacks and payola in the hospitals. Shocking! Outrageous!
All that stuff should be confined strictly to the IPAB Board where it belongs...