Mt. Sinai "scheduled" emergency coronary patients

The practice of scheduling uninsured patients for emergency coronary procedures is apparently widespread as a way to obtain reimbursement from the Medicaid program, according to Bloomberg News and Forbes. Bloomberg News focused specifically on Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City, reporting that cardiac surgeons would have uninsured patients show up at the hospital complaining of acute coronary pains in order to receive treatment. But a cardiac surgeon with Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles said such a practice is commonplace at other hospitals as well. "Let me assure you--this hospital is by no means unique in this regard," Sanjay Kaul, M.D., told Forbes. Read the full report at FierceHealthcare