Business Owner Admits Health Care Fraud

Business Owner Admits Health Care Fraud

There are 42 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Jan 22, 2009, titled Business Owner Admits Health Care Fraud. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

Eugene Bolognese, 36, of Teachers Turn, Simsbury, waive his right to indictment and entered his plea before Judge Janet Bond Arterton, acting U.S. Attorney for Connecticut Nora R. Dannehy said in a written ...

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SCOTT HENN

United States

#1 Jan 22, 2009
what a bufoon ! how could anyone in simsbury be that st-pid !
Tim Geithner

AOL

#2 Jan 22, 2009
I bet this happens all the time. The federal Government should have tons of auditors auditing this stuff but they don't because they don't want to really find it. This guy just got a little too greedy.

The Feds have about 200 auditors in CT who audit Defense Contractors full time. To my knowledge the FBI and Health and Human Services have about 10 auditors looking at Healthcare/Medicare fraud. You know why, because the fraud is known and accepted and too many make a nice living off it.
Reality

Palmer, MA

#3 Jan 22, 2009
Gee, I wonder if anybody else is doing stuff like this...?
chelseah

Windsor, CT

#5 Jan 22, 2009
Homes on Teachers Turn are priced over 1 million. It is really hard to feel sorry for this guy when honest hard working families here in Simsbury and all around Connecticut are worried about keeping their jobs and paying their bills. Maybe it's time for this 36 year old man to grow up to live within his means.
Mike Litorus

West Hartford, CT

#6 Jan 22, 2009
Greedy little piggy. Now you will be massaging in prison, for free.
Sensible

Watertown, CT

#7 Jan 22, 2009
Can you just imagine the temptation and the widespread fraud if Obama succeeds in getting a government-run health care system, centralized out of Washington? As a private business, Anthem had the incentive to be eagle-eyed on billing and nabbed this fraud. With the government, a million hands will be in the till and the government bureacracy will be unable to stem it, much less have an interest in doing so. Let the waste and fraud begin - change you can believe in.
get real

Fairfield, CT

#8 Jan 22, 2009
Sensible wrote:
Can you just imagine the temptation and the widespread fraud if Obama succeeds in getting a government-run health care system, centralized out of Washington? As a private business, Anthem had the incentive to be eagle-eyed on billing and nabbed this fraud. With the government, a million hands will be in the till and the government bureacracy will be unable to stem it, much less have an interest in doing so. Let the waste and fraud begin - change you can believe in.

You should see if they can lower your meds cause you not makes sense.
A new day has just begun, I'd hate to have you miss it.
YES WE CAN!
Deja Vu

Essex Junction, VT

#9 Jan 22, 2009
Sounds just like the East Hampton pharmacist who got caught under similar circumstances.

Two+ years in the slammer. He'll be cracking his bones there. Gratis.

There is a moral to the story: PLAY BY THE RULES. DON'T CHEAT. YOU'LL GET CAUGHT.
Former CT Resident

Winter Springs, FL

#10 Jan 22, 2009
Well, he's agreed to pay restitution, while Bernie Madoff has been diverting funds to various accounts from his $50 billion scam.

Bernie probably has gold buried somewhere too. And he will probably serve no time.
Somewhere In Connecticut

Newington, CT

#11 Jan 22, 2009
chelseah wrote:
Homes on Teachers Turn are priced over 1 million. It is really hard to feel sorry for this guy when honest hard working families here in Simsbury and all around Connecticut are worried about keeping their jobs and paying their bills. Maybe it's time for this 36 year old man to grow up to live within his means.
Why would anyone feel sorry for this low life? What about the two doctors that he submitted bills for service they were supposed to have supplied. He hurt them too. He deserves prison time and free massages from Bubba.
Justice

AOL

#12 Jan 22, 2009
Throw the book at him.

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A friend

Mount Vernon, NY

#13 Jan 23, 2009
Reporters making “News Releases” such as the above are constrained by time and space to reporting only the highlights of these tragic affairs. They omit the facts. The essential fact of this case is that It is simply a bookkeeping matter which involved “Coding” on bills to one insurance company, which has long ago been corrected. This coding was used by the firm the doctor purchased the practice from, and not being an expert in accounting matters, he allowed his office to continue it. As his practice grew, by virtue of recommendations from satisfied patient, he retained the services of a professional billing firm which in transition simply adopted the coding they found on the existing system, until the doctor discovered the error and demanded it be corrected. Based on the fact that this billing occurred during his ownership, his attorney’s have urged him not to go thru an expensive trial but to admit “his mistake” and move on with his life.
It is recommended that patients that have benefited by his care and his neighbors who know his lovely young innocent family comment here and educate the few who have already “rushed to judgment” in this sad matter
CA-East Hartland

Hartford, CT

#14 Jan 23, 2009
I agree. People rush in to judge without all the facts. I myself didn't know this information. But, my husband and son have been a patient of his for a number of years, and wouldn't even think that he would do something like this. He has such a young family-I'll pray for him that it all falls behind them and they move on, and people forgive his for this mistake.
A friend wrote:
Reporters making “News Releases” such as the above are constrained by time and space to reporting only the highlights of these tragic affairs. They omit the facts. The essential fact of this case is that It is simply a bookkeeping matter which involved “Coding” on bills to one insurance company, which has long ago been corrected. This coding was used by the firm the doctor purchased the practice from, and not being an expert in accounting matters, he allowed his office to continue it. As his practice grew, by virtue of recommendations from satisfied patient, he retained the services of a professional billing firm which in transition simply adopted the coding they found on the existing system, until the doctor discovered the error and demanded it be corrected. Based on the fact that this billing occurred during his ownership, his attorney’s have urged him not to go thru an expensive trial but to admit “his mistake” and move on with his life.
It is recommended that patients that have benefited by his care and his neighbors who know his lovely young innocent family comment here and educate the few who have already “rushed to judgment” in this sad matter
Lisa

Windsor, CT

#15 Jan 23, 2009
CA-East Hartland wrote:
I agree. People rush in to judge without all the facts. I myself didn't know this information. But, my husband and son have been a patient of his for a number of years, and wouldn't even think that he would do something like this. He has such a young family-I'll pray for him that it all falls behind them and they move on, and people forgive his for this mistake.
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So, Bolognese waived his right to an indictment and paying back over$500,000 in restitution for a coding error that's not his fault??
SK-Fairfield County CT

Ansonia, CT

#16 Jan 23, 2009
Coding mistakes, hardly!! With clinics of this type, medical physicians are used in this setting for one reason only-to maximize reimbursement. In addition they add legitimacy to many of the questionable personal injury cases that end up being treated, thus increasing the referrals from questionable attorneys. This CLOWN knew exactly what was going on, and will serve as an example to scare others into law abiding behavior.
He betrayed his family, profession and legitimate patients that trusted him.
Jim

United States

#17 Jan 24, 2009
I agree with SK. There is no way this was a simple bookkeeping error. He knew were this money was coming from. He deserves to go to jail for a long time. There is no way a chiropractor should be able to afford a McMansion in Teachers Turn legitimately.
John

Milldale, CT

#18 Jan 27, 2009
These are the things I know about Eugene Bolognese: He is a hard working and seemingly decent man; he was fair to me, took care of my back injuries often w/out appointments; in fact the first time we met, he met me on a Saturday to fix me up for a race I had that weekend. While it may seem hard to believe that a billing and coding error that led to that kind of remuneration led to this admission of guilt, there are most certainly many more layers to the story than appear in any of the related articles. I am hoping that when it's all said and done, the Eugene Bolognese that I know will be vindicated and he will be able to move on with his life despite the "admission of guilt". Eugene will be a friend, regarless of the outcome. I hope that other writers who look for awful things to happen to him in prison, if he ends up there, take a good inventory of their own lives.

The bible suggests in the Lord's Prayer, which is familiar to all Americans: "...Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us..." Those of you who are hoping to see awful things happen to him in prison: I urge you to rethink your position just in case your transgressions are revealed one day for all to see (and comment on)...
CA-East Hartland

Hartford, CT

#19 Jan 27, 2009
I Totally agree with you. There wasn't a doubt in our minds to find another Chiropracter when we heard about this unfortunate situation. I look beyond this-my family will still continue to see him to stand by him and forgive him. Sometimes people are quick to judge, forming their own opinion by what they read without even knowing the background of all the facts. This may sound ingnorant to some.
John wrote:
These are the things I know about Eugene Bolognese: He is a hard working and seemingly decent man; he was fair to me, took care of my back injuries often w/out appointments; in fact the first time we met, he met me on a Saturday to fix me up for a race I had that weekend. While it may seem hard to believe that a billing and coding error that led to that kind of remuneration led to this admission of guilt, there are most certainly many more layers to the story than appear in any of the related articles. I am hoping that when it's all said and done, the Eugene Bolognese that I know will be vindicated and he will be able to move on with his life despite the "admission of guilt". Eugene will be a friend, regarless of the outcome. I hope that other writers who look for awful things to happen to him in prison, if he ends up there, take a good inventory of their own lives.
The bible suggests in the Lord's Prayer, which is familiar to all Americans: "...Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us..." Those of you who are hoping to see awful things happen to him in prison: I urge you to rethink your position just in case your transgressions are revealed one day for all to see (and comment on)...
Simsbury boy

Milldale, CT

#20 Jan 27, 2009
SCOTT HENN wrote:
what a bufoon ! how could anyone in simsbury be that st-pid !
For starters, Scott, "buffoon" has two F's in it. Hope that irony is not lost on you (btw, I'm not talking about taking wrinkles out of your shirt...)
Looks like you're right with your comment though. Wonder what town the really dumb people move to?
Satisfied Patient

AOL

#21 Jan 27, 2009
I am sad to say that I am appalled by what I have been reading here. To condemn someone after reading a few short paragraphs is just ridiculous. Everyone knows that there are two sides to every story. From the classic marriage that falls apart to two children saying it was the other who did something wrong. Everyone knows that the government has unlimited resources and often it is impossible to fight an institution as large and powerful as the US Government. I've been a patient for a long time and have always been treated with complete respect, compassion, and empathy. Dr. Bolognese's care is unmatched in the local community. I hope that you people that have nothing better to do then to comment on an article with facts coming from one point of view don't find yourselves in a sticky situation. I am sure that if you find yourself in a situation where your life is written about in the paper, you would appreciate it if people knew all the facts before rushing to judgement. I will continue to see Dr. Bolognese. If he made a mistake then he, like all of us, deserves a second chance. But no one has the right to judge anyone else. It is when we think we have the right to judge others that we show our ignorance.

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