New York doctor busted for intentionally misdiagnosing hundreds with heart diseaseBy Mason White 5:43 AM April 11, 2013
|Doctor Jose Katz|
By: Eva Fett
(Scroll down for video) A doctor was arrested and charged with numerous charges after he misdiagnosed patients with heart disease in order to make money off of the treatments, according to court proceedings in New York.
The cardiologist from New York, with offices on Fifth Avenue and in New Jersey admitted that he intentionally misdiagnosed up to 80 percent of patients with heart problems so he could collect millions in extra money from Medicare.
Doctor Jose Katz, 68, pleaded guilty to falsifying documents diagnosing patients with angina and other heart diseases so he could prescribe additional tests and treatments to hundreds of patients who did not need them.
Prosecutors said it was the biggest scam ever executed by a single doctor in New York or New Jersey.
“After years of prominence in his field, Jose Katz will now be remembered for his record of fraud,” U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said.
In court, the doctor admitted that his action could have caused serious injury to patients. Overall, Katz admitted that his plan netted him more than $19 million.
“A doctor’s job is to help others heal. This doctor clearly did just the opposite. The doctor definitely caused extreme emotional stress for hundreds of patients after leading them to believe they have heart disease which they didn’t have. I’m glad this rogue doctor was removed,” Frank Milk, 50, whose father suffers from heart disease in New York City told YourJewishNews.com after reading about the fraud.
Katz faces up to 10 years in prison for conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud.
Katz was born in Cuba but is a U.S. citizen. Prosecutors said he spent $6 million advertising on Spanish radio and television to try to attract patients.
Fishman said investigators are trying to contact all patients affected by the fraud.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view