Northeast doctor sentenced in Medicare fraud case

A med­ic­al doc­tor was sen­tenced to 51 months in fed­er­al pris­on and a $300,000 fine last week in con­nec­tion with a $14.3 mil­lion Medi­care fraud case in­volving a North­east-based hos­pice care ser­vice.

Eu­gene Gold­man, M.D., of Phil­adelphia, vi­ol­ated the fed­er­al anti-kick­back stat­ute in his former role as med­ic­al dir­ect­or for Home Care Hos­pice at 2801 Grant Ave. From about Decem­ber 2000 un­til Ju­ly 2011, Gold­man routinely re­ferred Medi­care or Medi­caid be­ne­fi­ciar­ies to HCH as pa­tients. The hos­pice ser­vice in turn paid Gold­man for these re­fer­rals in vi­ol­a­tion of fed­er­al law, then fraud­u­lently re­por­ted the pay­ments as com­pens­a­tion for Gold­man’s role as med­ic­al dir­ect­or, ac­cord­ing to the U.S. At­tor­ney’s Of­fice.

Gold­man col­lec­ted at least $309,000 in il­leg­al pay­ments. In­vest­ig­at­ors filmed him re­ceiv­ing some of these kick­backs in early 2009.

U.S. Dis­trict Judge Eduardo Ro­breno sen­tenced Gold­man on Oct. 23. Pre­vi­ously, the de­fend­ant was con­victed at tri­al of vi­ol­at­ing the anti-kick­back stat­ute and con­spir­acy.

On Oct. 17, a fed­er­al jury con­victed Gold­man’s co-con­spir­at­or, HCH own­er Mat­thew Ko­lodesh, of il­leg­ally billing Medi­care for $14.3 mil­lion in hos­pice ser­vices that pa­tients did not re­ceive or for which they were not eli­gible un­der the tax­pay­er-fun­ded health in­sur­ance pro­gram. His sen­ten­cing date has not been an­nounced. ••

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