3 physician legal cases making headlines

Here are three court cases involving physicians to know, as reported by Becker's since Jan. 8:

1. Timothy Hardy, MD, sued Chesapeake (Va.) Regional Medical Center over allegations that his hospital privileges were revoked in retaliation after he made complaints that the center put "economics" before patient care. Dr. Hardy, who runs the Virginia Beach, Va.-based Atlantic GYN practice, is seeking reinstatement of his hospital privileges and an undisclosed amount in damages. 

2. Ashland, Ore.-based Asante Health System and Charles Carmeci, MD, one of the system's physicians, agreed to pay $430,000 to settle allegations that they knowingly submitted false claims for cardiothoracic surgeries to federal health programs that did not meet reimbursement criteria. 

3. Federal prosecutors dismissed healthcare fraud charges against former cardiologist Richard Paulus, MD, who was convicted in 2016 after he was accused of implanting medically unnecessary stents in his patients and falsifying the degree of stenosis in their medical records, resulting in a $41 million settlement. Dr. Paulus retired his medical license in 2014, and after a second trial in 2023, the charges were dismissed.

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