On January 21, 2010, the government announced a settlement with New York City podiatrist Stephen E. Ginsberg. Under the terms of the settlement, the New York City podiatrist agreed to pay more than $1 million to settle a civil lawsuit related to a prior criminal case in which Dr. Ginsberg pled guilty to charges of submitting false claims to Medicare for podiatry services. According to the government, Dr. Ginsberg violated the False Claims Act by submitting fraudulent Medicare billings for procedures that included chemical cauterization, incision and drainage, and debridement and avulsion services. The government also alleged that Dr. Ginsberg falsified medical records by falsely documenting that he had performed certain services that he had not performed. http://www.justice.gov/usao/nys/pressreleases/ January10/ginsbergstephensettlementpr.pdf

In this case, the government prosecuted Dr. Ginsberg both criminally and civilly for his fraudulent conduct related to the Medicare program. This case should serve as a reminder to providers that it is important to ensure that their Medicare billings are consistent with regulations.