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Local hospital pays $1.8 million to settle lawsuit

CINCINNATI (AP) - A Cincinnati hospital has paid nearly $1.8 million to settle a lawsuit in which a former employee alleges medical tests weren't being read.

Christ Hospital also faces increased federal oversight after its settlement with the U.S. Justice Department in late June.

The hospital's former medical director of vascular lab services says tests of as many as 8,000 patients weren't properly read before a doctor signed off on them and Medicare was charged. The tests are meant to help identify blockages, blood clots and aneurysms. 

Whistleblower Peter Podore says the hospital didn't follow its own internal procedures, putting patients at risk. 

The hospital says in a statement that it has hired a chief compliance officer to make sure rules are followed, and it's voluntarily reviewing tests.

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