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Jury convicts doctor of kickback scheme involving Philly hospice

A jury found Philadelphia doctor Eugene Goldman received $260,000 in illegal payments to refer patients to a hospice he directed during a kickback scheme.

federal courthouse Philadelphia Eugene Goldman was convicted of receiving kickbacks for referring patients to a for-profit hospice service. Credit: Rikard Larma/Metro

A federal jury on Monday convicted Huntingdon Valley doctor Eugene Goldman, 55, of a kickback scheme, finding Goldman received illegal payments from Northeast Philadelphia care provider Home Care Hospice, Inc. in exchange for referring Medicare or Medicaid patient beneficiaries to the for-profit organization, of which Goldman was the medical director.

Between December 2000 and July 2011, Goldman regularly referred patients to HCH, which provided hospice services for patients at nursing homes, hospitals and private residences.

An investigation revealed that Goldman in December 2000 entered into a written contract with a co-owner of HCH to create the false appearance that all payments the organization made to Goldman were compensation for services Goldman rendered as HCH's medical director.

But, in fact, prosecutors said, "the large majority" of the payments were actually illegal kickbacks Goldman received in exchange for referring Medicare and Medicaid patients to HCH.

In fact, the doctor between January 2003 and October 2008 received an estimated $263,000 in illegal patient referral payments.

Goldman was in January, February and March of 2009 captured on tape receiving these kickbacks for referrals.

The doctor was found guilty of one count of conspiring to violate the anti-kickback statute and four counts of violating the anti-kickback statute.

Goldman is next due in court to be sentenced on Sept. 9.

He faces for each count a maximum penalty of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine, a three-year term of supervised release and a $100 special assessment.

As part of the terms of his conviction, Goldman is barred from participating in any federal health care program.

 
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