Penn­syl­va­nia hospice own­ers to pay $9 mil­lion set­tle­ment in fraud case

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - —Alex Kacik

The former own­ers and man­agers of now-de­funct Philadel­phia-based Home Care Hospice agreed to pay $9 mil­lion to set­tle al­le­ga­tions that their com­pany falsely claimed and re­ceived tax­payer dol­lars for un­nec­es­sary or never-pro­vided ser­vices, the U.S. at­tor­ney’s of­fice an­nounced last week.

Matthew Kolodesh and Alex Pug­man, de­vel­op­ment ex­ec­u­tive Svet­lana Ganet­sky and CEO Malv­ina Yakobash- vili were ac­cused of fab­ri­cat­ing records for pa­tients who were not ter­mi­nally ill and submitting false claims for ser­vices that were not nec­es­sary or de­liv­ered, cost­ing the Medi­care pro­gram mil­lions of dol­lars, in­ves­ti­ga­tors said. A fed­eral jury pre­vi­ously found Kolodesh, Pug­man and Ganet­sky guilty on re­lated crim­i­nal charges.

As part of the set­tle­ments, the fed­eral gov­ern­ment will keep an es­ti­mated $8.8 mil­lion found in mul­ti­ple fi­nan­cial ac­counts that were sub­ject to a re­strain­ing or­der in a re­lated civil in­junc­tion ac­tion.

The de­fen­dants also agreed to make pay­ments to the gov­ern­ment—a com­bined $400,000 from Pug­man and Ganet­sky, and $425,000 from Kolodesh and Yakobashvili—as well as trans­fer var­i­ous as­sets in­clud­ing Pug­man’s and Kolodesh’s condo prop­er­ties.

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