Corporate Compliance

Columbia University settles False Claims suit

Compliance Monitor, October 12, 2011

The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York has settled a $995,000 civil healthcare fraud lawsuit involving Columbia University, New York Presbyterian Hospital, and Erik Goluboff, MD, a urologic oncologist.

The complaint alleged that Dr. Goluboff, as director of urology at the Allen Pavilion of New York Presbyterian Hospital and as an associate professor of clinical urology at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University, violated the False Claims Act by billing Medicare for more procedures than were possible to complete in a day, the U.S. Attorney said in an October 5 press release. The suit also alleged that he conducted and billed for medically unnecessary diagnostic tests.

Columbia University and New York Presbyterian Hospital failed to stop Dr. Goluboff’s fraudulent claims even though the university recognized “alarming compliance issues” internally, according to the press release.

“This case should serve as a reminder that regardless of how well-established or prestigious the entity or individual, this Office will pursue those who engage in Medicare Fraud, and they will bear the costs of their actions,” U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara said in the press release.

Read more at the New York Department of Justice Website.

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