U.S. healthcare systems love to tolerate greed-driven, unethical physicians, and one of them happens to be named Doctor Asad Qamar in Ocala Florida.
Asad, one of the highest-paid MDs in the country according to Medicare, has now been banned from billing the federal insurance program. Why? Because his pathetic moral compass not only allowed him to cut people open for money. His need for greed had him actually billing Medicare patients for totally unnecessary heart procedures, according to the Department of Justice.
Last year, the DOJ joined two whistleblower lawsuits against Asad Qamar. This loon in a lab coat operated a criminal enterprise called the Institute of Cardiovascular Excellence in Ocala, Florida. Investigators discovered Qamar routinely sought “payments” for unnecessary procedures. Several months later, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services banned Qamar from the Medicare program.
In addition to his Medicare embarrassment, Qamar has been ordered to repay $2,000,000 and is being denied $5,000,000 he illegally billed that were not yet paid.
Medical Miscreant Qamar was Medicare’s second-highest paid physician in 2012, earning $18,000,000. In 2013, he raked in $16,000,000 – 700% more than the next highest-earning cardiologist in the state of Florida, according to a ProPublica investigation.
Unnecessary cardiology procedures have been a focal point for government investigators over the last year, and some have questioned whether Medicare’s fee-for-service model incentivizes unnecessary surgeries.
Although criminal behavior the size and scope of Qamar’s is beyond the pale of most physician theft, it is hardly a rare occurrence. Last summer Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla New York paid a $19,000,000 fine for assaulting patients with unneeded heart procedures. And in 2014, Kings Daughters Medical Center in Kentucky paid $41,000,000 for bogus stents and cardiac catheterizations.
The outright fraud that permeates American medicine is real and it is rampant.
Here’s more in the DOJ press release