Ky doctor pleads guilty to fraud with stents

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A one-time southern Kentucky cardiologist faces 30 to 37 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to overstating patient conditions to get payments for numerous heart procedures.

A judge will sentence 51-year-old Sandesh Rajaram Patil on Aug. 27 in London, Ky. Patil admitted on Tuesday to making false statements regarding the placement of stents. Stents are metal tubes surgically inserted into a patient's arteries in order to improve blood flow.

Patil worked at St. Joseph's Hospital in London. The hospital has repaid the government $256,800 for cardiac stent procedures that Patil falsely submitted for reimbursement in 2009 and 2010.

Prosecutors say Patil is the third cardiologist in the nation, and the first in Kentucky, to be federally prosecuted for health care fraud related to the placement of heart stents.

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