Vascular Surgeon Admits Doing Unnecessary Procedures

A New York vascular surgeon has admitted guilt and will pay $800,000 to settle charges that he performed unnecessary procedures on patients with kidney disease, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Feng Qin, MD, is also prohibited from participating in Medicare and other federal healthcare programs for 4 years — in addition to the more than 2 years he’s been excluded since his arrest, which was a condition of his bail, prosecutors said.

Qin was practicing in lower Manhattan and Far Rockaway, New York, when he was criminally charged in December 2018 with fraudulently billing Medicare for unnecessary procedures on end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients.

From 2015 to 2016, Qin routinely performed fistulagrams and angioplasties on these patients, even when there wasn’t a good clinical reason to do so, according to DOJ. He also routinely scheduled these procedures 3 months in advance.

Source: Vascular Surgeon Admits Doing Unnecessary Procedures / Medpage Today

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