Doctor charged in kickback scheme
A Huntingdon Valley physician was arrested Aug. 2 and charged by the U.S. AtWRUnHy’V 2IfiFH ZLWK WDNLnJ part in a kickback scheme involving a Philadelphia hospice provider.
Dr. Eugene Goldman, 54, aka Yevgeniy Goldman, was indicted on charges of violating and conspiring with the owners of Home Care Hospice Inc. to violate federal anti-kickback laws while employed as a mediFDO GLUHFWRU IRU WKH IRU-SURfiW hospice provider, according to the U.S. Attorney’s OffiFH.
According to the indictment, Goldman was the medical director of Home Care Hospice between December 2000 and July 2011, during which time he regularly referred patients covered by Medicare and Medicaid to HCH. As such, he was paid $100 per hour under a contract with HCH, which was co-owned by Alex Pugman and Matthew Kolodesh, both of whom have been charged in separate indictments.
Pugman and his wife, Svetlana Ganetsky, who was also charged separately, paid illegal kickbacks and bribes to professionals, including Goldman, who referred patients covered by Medicare and Medicaid to HCH, the indictment alleges. To conceal the kickbacks, Pugman and Goldman allegedly entered into a written contract to create the false appearance that all payments to
Goldman from HCH were made in his capacity as medical director, according to the indictment.
From December 2000 to October 2008, Goldman allegedly conspired with Pugman and Ganetsky to receive kickbacks for referring patients to HCH for hospice services that were submitted to Medicare and Medicaid, the indictment says.
From January 2004 to October 2008, HCH all egedly paid Goldman about $228,773 for Medicare and Medi caid patient r eferrals, and between January and March 2009, Goldman allegedly was paid $9,000 f or r eferrals, t he i ndictment s t ates.
If convicted of the charges, Goldman faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison for each charge and a fine of up to $250,000, as well as mandatory exclusion from participating in any federal health care program, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Kolodesh, 49, of Churchville, Pa., was indicted in October 2011 on charges of conspiring to defraud Medicare of more than $14 million through Home Care Hospice, according to a separate indictment from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Kolodesh allegedly submitted claims totaling $14.3 million for patients who were either not eligible for or did not receive the hospice ser- vices billed to Medicare.
Kolodesh also allegedly diverted $9.36 million from HCH’s operating account for his personal use, including renovations to his house, travel, college tuition and purchase of a luxury vehicle, the indictment says.
He was charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud, 21 counts of health care fraud, 11 counts of money laundering and two counts of mail fraud. The indictment alleges Kolodesh and his partner, Pugman, paid kickbacks to health care professionals, including physicians, for referring patients to HCH even when those patients were not eligible or appropriate for hospice.