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Convicted Carbondale Physician Excluded from Participation in All Federal Health Care Programs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 6, 2011

     The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania and the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services announced today that a Carbondale physician previously indicted and sentenced on health care fraud charges has been notified he is excluded from participation in all federal health care programs.

     According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, in July 2007, Gregory Salko, the owner-operator of the Whites Crossing Medical Group in Carbondale, was charged by an Indictment with two counts of Health Care Fraud and 17 counts of False Statements in Health Care Matters. The charges related to Salko's treatment and falsification of medical records pertaining to two elderly Medicare patients in 2005 and 2006.

     On June 30, 2009, Salko pleaded guilty to a two-count, misdemeanor Superceding Information. Salko admitted that he made false representations of material facts in a July 17, 2005 progress note he prepared for one of his elderly Medicare patients and that he committed a criminal violation of the HIPAA Privacy Act by falsely representing in writing to the Community Medical Center in Scranton on April 3, 2007, that he was authorized to obtain the medical records of another elderly Medicare patient.

     On October 26, 2009, Salko was sentenced by United States District Court Judge A. Richard Caputo to a two year term of probation, 100 hours of community service and was ordered to pay a $20,000 fine.
Assistant United States Attorney Kim Douglas Daniel prosecuted Salko.

     On May 31, 2011, the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services notified Salko that as a consequence of his conviction he will be excluded from participation in any capacity in Medicare, Medicaid, and all Federal health care programs for the minimum statutory period of five years. The exclusion will effect Salko's ability to claim payment from those programs for items or services rendered.

     "Dr. Gregory Salko made false statements to the Medicare program when he created false documentation of a physical exam that never happened" said Nicholas DiGiulio Special Agent in Charge for the Philadelphia Regional Office of the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health of Human Services. "As required by law, we will continue to prevent individuals convicted of Medicare fraud from participation in all Federal health care programs".

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