August 4, 1989 |
Two companies that performed hearing tests have been charged with Medicare fraud after allegedly soliciting social workers at senior citizens' centers to set up group screening tests, federal prosecutors said yesterday. The firms, Geri-Care Inc. and Mobile Audio Inc., and two Geri-Care officers, Michael and Lori Koffler of Long Island City, N.Y., sent mobile vans to the centers and had a physician examine patients and order numerous tests, prosecutors said. A civil complaint alleges that in virtually every case, the physician did not review the tests or use the results.
December 11, 2009 |
Robert Saul and his wife allegedly thought they could get rich by giving people expensive power wheelchairs and other medical equipment - equipment they didn't need - and falsely billing Medicare. And they thought they had their bases covered by allegedly telling baffled recipients that Philadelphia was giving out $3,200 wheelchairs for free, or having sources in doctors' offices intercepting phone calls from confused patients. But the alleged scheme fell apart, according to U.S. Attorney Michael L. Levy.
September 25, 2008 |
Cooper University Hospital will pay a $3.85 million fine to settle allegations of Medicare fraud, the U.S. Justice Department announced yesterday. The hospital was accused of increasing charges to Medicare patients to boost its reimbursement from the federal health-care program. Cooper denied any wrongdoing and said it "did not game this system. " The Justice Department said in a separate release that from January 2001 to August 2003, Cooper improperly inflated charges for both inpatient and outpatient care so that it could obtain higher amounts of "outlier payments.
May 3, 2012 |
MIAMI - Federal authorities charged 107 doctors, nurses, and social workers in seven cities with Medicare fraud Wednesday in a nationwide crackdown on unrelated scams that allegedly billed the taxpayer-funded program $452 million - the highest dollar amount in a single Medicare bust in U.S. history. It was the latest in a string of major arrests in the last two years as authorities have targeted fraud that is believed to cost the government $60 billion to $90 billion a year. Stopping Medicare's budget from hemorrhaging that money will be key to paying for President Obama's health-care overhaul.
April 27, 2012 |
A Montgomery County man who bilked Medicare in an ambulance transport scheme was sentenced Thursday to time served and ordered to repay the government health insurance program for seniors more than $1.3 million. Boris Rostovsky, 44, formerly of Bryn Athyn, pleaded guilty in August to health-care fraud. He had been in custody since his arrest in February 2011. Federal prosecutors said that in May and June 2010, Rostovsky schemed to bilk Medicare by directing his employees to transport patients via his private ambulance company, Grey Eagle Inc. The patients were not eligible for transport by ambulance because they could walk or sit in a wheelchair, Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Morgan said in court papers.
October 17, 2012 |
A CALIFORNIA, man pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to bilking Medicare by operating a bogus clinic near Einstein Medical Center in Logan. George Baginyan, 32, could face more than 24 months in a federal lockup when he is sentenced Jan. 30. Prosecutors alleged that Baginyan, as owner of New Era Health Center, made it appear as if a doctor provided services to an elderly and frail osteopath between December 2008 and October 2009 when the doctor never set foot in the clinic.
June 20, 1996 |
An area medical-equipment supplier and its former owners have agreed to pay more than $4 million to the federal government to settle Medicare fraud claims that were initially brought by a whistle-blower. Robert P. Wolk, of Philadelphia, and Robert Miller, of Blue Bell, Montgomery County, former owners of Advanced Care Associates Inc. in Fort Washington, and their wives, also have agreed to lifetime debarrment from the Medicare program, authorities announced yesterday. The whistle-blower, identified in court records only as Christopher Piacentile, is to receive a $600,000 share of the settlement from the government, according to court records.
October 13, 2011 |
The operator of a Philadelphia hospice-care business was indicted Wednesday for allegedly defrauding Medicare of $14.3 million. Matthew Kolodesh, of Churchville, Bucks County, operated Home Care Hospice Inc. in the 2800 block of Grant Avenue and was charged with submitting claims to Medicare for patients who weren't eligible for hospice or who didn't receive care, U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger said. Among the ineligible patients were people who weren't dying, according to the grand jury indictment.