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New York - Report: Millions In Grants To Orthodox Jewish Institutions May Result In Multi-Year Medicaid Ban For Bronx Home

Published on: March 18, 2016 10:19 AM
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New York - A Bronx old age home with a history of donating substantial amounts of money to Chasidic yeshivos and other Jewish causes may find itself one of the few in the state to be barred from Medicaid for three years after an audit conducted by the state.

The Bronxwood Home for the Aged, located on Gun Hill Road in the Bronx for more than 35 years, offers both independent and assisted living facilities as well as kosher meals.  The New York State Office of the Medicaid Inspector General announced in February that it would seek punitive actions against the facility after finding numerous violations of both state and federal Medicaid laws, as reported by the Forward.

The OMIG audit revealed that Bronxwood was only eligible for $1.6 million in Medicaid funding in 2006 and 2007 but that the program actually paid out $8.5 million to the home because of incorrect or misstated claims.  More than 85 percent of the claims submitted during that time period were determined to be problematic and 133 documents provided by the facility were reportedly signed by Dr. Owen Golden who never saw patients at Bronxwood.

OMIG is seeking to exclude Bronxwood from Medicaid for a three year period, a move that could have serious ramification for the facility which receives approximately one third of its revenue through the program.  A review by the Forward found only one other adult home in New York currently barred from Medicaid and OMIG is also recommending that Golden and three other doctors from Medicaid be barred from the program for the same amount of time.

According to the Forward (http://goo.gl/qwlSsP), Bronxwood had been allocating grants of up to $2 million per year , one tenth of the total revenue it received, to Chasidic yeshivas, Jewish charities and Orthodox activist groups for years, with $19.5 million in grants made since 1997.  Experts noted that typically non-profit homes like Bronxwood would use any surplus to improve the facility and services offered instead of allocating it for charitable donations.

Bronxwood has just a short window, through the middle of March, to make any claims to counter the OMIG audit.  A final ruling, which could be appealed to an administrative judge, would come sometime thereafter.

“These enforcement actions send a clear message to providers who violate state and federal Medicaid law that they will be held fully accountable,” Dennis Rosen, Medicaid inspector general said. “Moreover, that my office will be vigilant in its efforts to protect the integrity of the state’s Medicaid program, promote high-quality care within the healthcare delivery system and save taxpayer dollars.”

Both Bronxwood’s attorney and Golden did not return calls for comment.


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 Mar 18, 2016 at 11:07 AM Secular Guy Says:

Yidden must realize that goyim are not stupid. Contrary to popular belief there are alot of smart guys out there. if you cheat they will catch you. And its even more so in today's modern technological world.

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 Mar 18, 2016 at 11:19 AM LionofZion Says:

This is why pork is not Kosher.

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 Mar 18, 2016 at 01:31 PM RocklandRes Says:

Reply to #1  
Secular Guy Says:

Yidden must realize that goyim are not stupid. Contrary to popular belief there are alot of smart guys out there. if you cheat they will catch you. And its even more so in today's modern technological world.

Yidden should realize that it's not them against goyim. Be honest and play by the rules.
If you live in the United States you obey the law.

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 Mar 18, 2016 at 01:32 PM Anonymous Says:

If true, this another chilul Hashem. Fraud is premeditated, hurts all of us and should be dealt with accordingly to send a message!

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 Mar 18, 2016 at 01:54 PM blubluh Says:

Sadly, the patients and their families will bear the brunt of the effects of these financial penalties.

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 Mar 18, 2016 at 01:54 PM Get real Says:

It sound slike the issue goes beyond where they donate dmoney. If they really billed and got paid for things that were not reimburseable, they were wrong.
The statement referring to the donations, "Experts noted that typically non-profit homes like Bronxwood would use any surplus " does not sound like the big crime.

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 Mar 18, 2016 at 02:40 PM Anonymous Says:

Stop cheating the government and anyone else! You will be caught and punished!

And the requirement for maser is for the individual earning the money to give it away... not an institution.

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 Mar 18, 2016 at 05:57 PM Tzi_Bar_David Says:

If it's banned from the Medicare system for three years it might as well hang the "for sale" or "going out of business" sign on the door now.

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 Mar 18, 2016 at 05:59 PM BoruchHoffinger Says:

'The Forwards' is a garbage, anti-Torah, anti-American rag. Nathaniel Popper branded 'Agriprocessors' a drug house, etc. Pack of lies. Evildoers. Close up fast (I feel bad for any honest employees.)

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 Mar 18, 2016 at 06:05 PM mewhoze Says:

i totally agree with be honest and play by the rules. On the other hand, if I had a subscription to the Forward I would cancel it due to them being a moser.

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 Mar 19, 2016 at 09:19 PM Benny Says:

Many of you are jumping on the owners of this business, where is your "don l'chav zchus"? Because you read it in goishe magazine?
(Unless you know it for the fact that it's true)
And I don't understand why someone charity is a business of someone else? They want to give it to yeshiva - good, they want to fix their business - Hatzlocha!

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 Mar 19, 2016 at 10:15 PM yossie Says:

brilliant observation for all those that go crazy with parshas zachor
zecher and zachor and all kind of other double leinings since its a DORAYSO!!!


flash buliitien
LO SIGZOL also a dorayso!!!!!

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 Mar 19, 2016 at 10:55 PM Liepa Says:

Whoever read the 'forward' in this day and age is a 'shoitah gomer' !

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