The U.S. government indicted an Auburn cardiologist May 21, accusing him of implanting patients with heart stents they didn’t need so that he could bill federal and private insurance programs for his own financial gain. According to the indictment, Dr. Robert W. Mitchell allegedly performed unnecessary heart catheterizations from at least January 2006 to February 2012, falsely documenting the extent of coronary blockages in his patients and their need for the stent procedures. The federal government alleges that Dr. Mitchell then submitted false claims to Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance companies for reimbursement, a practice that increased the profit margin ... Read More
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