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(NYC) Cardiologist pleads guilty to risking patients to steal $19M from Medicare 4/14/13

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    4/14/13

    New York City, NY -- Cardiologist, Dr.

    Jose Katz, 68, pleaded guilty to falsifying charts diagnosing patients with angina and other heart ailment

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    4/14/13

    New York City, NY -- Cardiologist, Dr.

    Jose Katz, 68, pleaded guilty to falsifying charts diagnosing patients with angina and other heart ailments so he could prescribe extra tests and treatments when hundreds of patients did not need them.



    Katz's crimes went on from at least 2004 through 2012.

    His resume said he is affiliated with NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, but a spokeswoman said he has not been linked there since 2003.

    U.S.

    Attorney Paul Fishman said many patients who were exploited went to Katz's clinics, called Cardio-Med Services in Union City, Paterson and West New York.

    He also ran clinics called Comprehensive Healthcare in Manhattan and Queens.

    Katz said he performed many so-called EECP procedures based on false diagnoses to overbill Medicare and private insurers like Blue Cross and Aetna.

    In all, Katz admitted his scheme took in over $19 million.





    In court Wednesday he agreed his actions could have caused "serious bodily harm" to his patients.

    He and his lawyer disagreed when prosecutors said some patients were at risk of death due to his actions.



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