Almost $10 million later, the case against Dr. Mehmood Patel of Lafayette, La. is closed.

The Lafayette General Medical Center (LGMC) settled multi-patient, civil lawsuit against Dr. Patel’s cardiology practice for $1.8 million, much less than the $7.4 million Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital (OLLH) paid one year ago to settle similar lawsuits. Hundreds of patients sued Patel, who also faces federal charges for alleged “unnecessary” surgical procedures on75 patients.

LGMC CEO Patrick Gandy said the settlement was fair.

Just months ago,  LGMC settled with the federal government for $1.9 million regarding claims it defrauded Medicare, Medicaid by submitting bills for “medically unnecessary procedures” performed by Dr. Patel. Last summer, (OLLH) settled with the federal government for $3.8 million.

Federal health officials claim Patel's procedures caused medical complications to some patients who underwent allegedly “unnecessary” angiogram, angioplasty and stent procedures. Patel's trial is set for August. He faces charges of billing Medicare, Medicaid and private insurers $2.5 million in “unnecessary procedures” on patients between 2001 and 2004.

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