By David Mittleman

Over a year ago, I wrote a blog about a practice known as simultaneous surgeries, in which a surgeon operates on more than one patient at a time. Patients, who usually have no idea their surgeon is operating on another patient at the same time, are made to wait under anesthesia while their doctor attends to someone else. Although Medicare generally allows doctors to bill for two surgeries at the same time, the doctor must be present for all critical parts of the procedure.

According to a lawsuit recently filed against Massachusetts General Hospital, the practice of …read more