FRAUD CONVICTION COSTS PHYSICIAN MEDICARE REIMBURSEMENT PRIVILEGES

fraud%20and%20cuffs.jpg CARBONDALE, PENNSYLVANIA (JULY 15, 2011) – A physician indicated on health care fraud and false statements in health care matters has lost his ability to receive reimbursement from all federal health care programs, including Medicare and Medicaid, for a period of five years. The penalty may severely limit Dr. Gregory Salko’s ability to receive payment for services rendered.
In 2005 and 2006, Salko treated two elderly Medicare participants and falsified their medical records in order to receive reimbursement. In June 2009, the defendant pled guilty and admitted he’d made false representations in a patient’s progress note, while at the same time, he also committed a HIPAA Privacy Act violation (a federal offense) by falsely representing that he had authorization to obtain copies of a patient’s medical records from another facility.
In October 2009, Salko was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge A. Richard Caputo to two-years probation, 100 hours of community service and a $20,000 fine.