Probe puts billing for peripherals under microscope

Peripheral interventions by the cardiologist who captured headlines for billing Medicare $18 million are now under scrutiny, which prompted the New York Times to investigate the upsurge in peripheral stenting.

The Times determined that Medicare paid $13 million to the practice of Asad Qamar, MD, in 2012 for peripheral treatments. The Ocala, Fla.-based cardiologist now faces several lawsuits.