Update: Another Wave of ICD Settlements

By Zack Buck

There has been an update to a story I recently blogged about here.

As announced by the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday, another 51 hospitals have settled allegations that the hospitals placed implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) in the chests of patients without complying with Medicare’s mandatory waiting periods.  These 51 settlements amount to $23 million, meaning that the DOJ’s ICD review has now has resulted in settlements with more than 500 hospitals totaling more than $280 million.

According to the DOJ, this is the final stage of the investigation, concluding an initiative that has highlighted the tension that exists between fraud enforcement, medical necessity, and reimbursement standards (recent articles here, here, and here).

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Isaac D. (“Zack”) Buck is an assistant professor at the University of Tennessee College of Law, where he teaches torts and various health law courses. His scholarship focuses on how health care cost impacts the quality of American health care and the role of the physician. In 2013, he was selected as a Health Law Scholar as part of the ASLME Health Law Scholars Workshop at Saint Louis University School of Law, and he has recently published articles in the Ohio State Law Journal, Maryland Law Review, U.C. Davis Law Review, and Cardozo Law Review, and has articles forthcoming in the California Law Review and Florida State Law Review in 2016. Before joining Tennessee, Zack was an assistant professor at Mercer University School of Law, and was formerly a visiting assistant professor at Seton Hall University School of Law. Upon graduation from law school, he practiced law at Sidley Austin LLP in Chicago. Zack holds a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, a Masters of Bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine Center for Bioethics, and a B.A. from Miami University (OH).