Doctor Allegedly Performed Unnecessary Surgeries For Money

    8:18 PM, Oct 13, 2006   |    comments
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    An Arkansas heart surgeon is accused of performing more than 100 unnecessary surgeries to make money from Medicare. A federal lawsuit alleges that Fort Smith Doctor David Mark McCoy performed the surgeries with the approval of Saint Edward Mercy Medical Center. Doctor Lonnie Harrison, a cardiologist, was once a colleague of McCoy's at Saint Edward. Harrison says he left because of suspicions he had about the hospital. "You know, a number of cardiologists and I used to joke, oh my goodness another complication that will go unreported, another mortality, another morbidity, another infection that never gets reported," said Dr. Harrison. A former patient of McCoy’s lost his leg after surgery and sued. A jury awarded him $3.5 million. Doctor McCoy has no comment on the current lawsuit. Martha Pendleton, Director of Marketing/Public Relations for St. Edward Mercy Medical Center released the following statement: St. Edward Mercy Medical Center just recently received access to a lawsuit filed by Paul Montgomery and Lonnie E. Harrison, M.D. We have not had sufficient time to review the allegations and issues surrounding this case. We are cooperating fully with requests to provide information. St. Edward Mercy has high standards related to clinical quality and patient safety, and once the facts of the claim are fully reviewed and understood we believe that it will be shown that St. Edward Mercy has provided appropriate and necessary care.

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