Dr. John Natale, a 63-year-old vascular and thoracic surgeon, has been sentenced to 10 months in prison after his conviction for making false statements in his post-operative reports relating to the healthcare services provided to Medicare beneficiaries, according to the Chicago Tribune. He will also pay a fine of $40,000 and will perform community service during his post-release year of supervised release.
Surgeon Described in Post-Operative Reports Surgeries that He Did Not Perform
Dr. Natale’s specialty is repairing abdominal aortic aneurysms. However, in 2004, he falsified post-operative reports for at least two patients, inserting descriptions of aneurysm repairs that he did not perform. In addition, Dr. Natale made false statements claiming that the surgeries that he did perform were more complicated than they actually were.
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