Munster heart doc calls accusations 'unfounded'

2014-05-08T16:15:00Z 2014-05-08T20:27:40Z Munster heart doc calls accusations 'unfounded'Times Staff nwitimes.com
May 08, 2014 4:15 pm  • 

MUNSTER | A local cardiologist is responding to accusations he unnecessarily implanted cardiac devices in patients and fraudulently billed Medicare.

Kirk Pinkerton, an attorney representing Dr. Arvind Gandhi and Cardiology Associates of Northwest Indiana P.C., issued a statement Thursday, calling the accusations unfounded. The accusations were part of a 2011 whistleblower lawsuit that was settled out of court.

"Allegations made by a disgruntled former employee of Community Hospital similar to these have already been extensively investigated by federal agencies, including the Department of Justice and the Office of Inspector General, found to be without merit and have long since been dismissed by the federal court," the statement reads.

All cardiac implants performed by Gandhi were medically indicated, according to the statement. 

"Dr. Gandhi will continue his longstanding dedication and commitment to quality medical care and treatment of his patients," it reads.

Two of Gandhi's former patients recently filed suit, claiming medical negligence, negligent credentialing and breach of contract. The defendants named are Gandhi, Cardiology Associates of Northwest Indiana and Community Hospital.

Pinkerton said he does not represent Gandhi in those malpractice lawsuits, which are pending, and cannot comment on them.

When seeking comment on that case Wednesday, The Times was referred to attorney Megan Brennan, who stated that it is practice not to comment on litigation.

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