KentuckyOne Health to pay $21.2M over allegations of unnecessary heart procedures

A jury ruled last week that Lexington-based KentuckyOne Health and its parent company Englewood, Colo.-based Catholic Health Initiatives will pay $21.2 million to a Laurel County, Ky., man who allegedly received an unnecessary heart procedure at a KentuckyOne hospital, according to the Lexington Herald Reader.

Jurors ruled the hospital and its parent company were "negligent[,] violated consumer-protection rules and took part in a conspiracy," according to the report.

The 2014 lawsuit alleges physicians at St. Joseph-London (Ky.), one of the hospitals that merged in 2012 to form KentuckyOne, performed hundreds of unnecessary heart surgeries to increase payments from Medicare and Medicaid and insurance companies from 2008 to 2011.

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