On August 10, 2011, the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a press release stating that Peninsula Regional Medical Center (Peninsula) has agreed to pay $1.8 million to settle allegations that it failed to take action to prevent medically unnecessary cardiac stent procedures by Dr. John R. McLean.  It was also alleged that the senior medical staff at Peninsula failed follow up on evidence presented to them that Dr. McLean was performing unnecessary procedures for federal healthcare program beneficiaries.

As part of the settlement, Peninsula has entered into a Corporate Integrity Agreement (CIA) with the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General.  According to the press release, the CIA requires, among other things, that Peninsula ensure accurate billings and appoint physician executives to oversee medical staff quality-of-care matters.

A copy of the DOJ press release is available by clicking here.