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November 30, 1999
Robert Shaffer GLENDALE -- A broad investigation into Medi--Cal fraud in the Los Angeles area has led to the arrest of at least one Glendale man, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's office in Sacramento said. Charges have been filed against 64 business, most in the San Fernando Valley, accusing them of defrauding California's health-care system for the poor. The Glendale man charged was Artur Stepanyan of Adams Square Pharmacy. He was charged Aug. 5 with defrauding Medi-Cal of 80,000, said Patty Pontello, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's office.
NEWS
February 17, 2001
Alex Coolman GLENDALE -- The medical group named in a lawsuit alleging fraudulent Medi-Cal billings at Glendale Adventist Medical Center has paid $250,000 to settle the case. The Perinatal Medical Group was named by Dr. Caroline Pieszak, who was a resident in the obstetrics/gynecology program at Glendale Adventist in 1995 and 1996. Pieszak charged that the group and the hospital routinely overbilled Medi-Cal for deliveries during that time. Simple procedures conducted by residents were reported as having been performed by licensed doctors, Pieszak's suit alleged.
NEWS
November 5, 2003
Darleene Barrientos A former Glendale resident accused of running a medical laboratory that submitted fraudulent bills to Medicare and Medi-Cal will be sentenced Feb. 2 as part of a plea bargain. Ernesto Penaflorida, 57, was extradited from the Philippines to face U.S. District Judge Ronald S.W. Lew, and Monday pleaded guilty to sending bills to state medical agencies for services that were never performed. Penaflorida admitted he and several others associated with his former Glendale-based company, Medstat Clinical Laboratory, sought payment for blood tests they never performed and did not have the equipment to perform.
NEWS
June 20, 2003
Darleene Barrientos Three Glendale doctors were among seven people charged Thursday in a Medi- Cal fraud scheme that bilked $500,000 from the state, authorities said. Armen Kazanchian, 46, Noune Pashinian, 41, and Vahan Madatovian, 46, are each charged with one count of grand theft with special allegations, eight counts of Medi-Cal fraud, seven counts of identity theft and two counts of money laundering, said Collin Wong, director of the state bureau of Medi-Cal fraud and elder abuse.
NEWS
June 3, 2000
Alecia Foster GLENDALE -- The owners of an adult health care center have pleaded not guilty to charges of grand theft, conspiracy to defraud the Medi-Cal system and submitting false Medi-Cal claims. Ellen Zuzo and Gary I. Dubin, owners of the Happy Days Adult Day Health Care, both made their plea during an arraigned Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court. Zuzo and Dubin's arrest came after a months-long investigation by Atty. General Bill Lockyer's office.
NEWS
By Mark Kellam, mark.kellam@latimes.com | November 24, 2011
It came down to the wire, but Daylight Adult Day Health Care Center in Glendale will remain open and continue serving hundreds of low-income clients after its network reached a settlement with the state over Medi-Cal payments. Without the settlement - reached after advocates for the disabled and elderly filed a court motion this summer seeking to prevent planned funding cuts - Daylight and other centers that are part of the state's Adult Day Health Care program would have closed on Dec. 1 because they would no longer have been eligible for Medi-Cal benefits.
NEWS
November 7, 2011
An article in the Oct. 28 News section incorrectly that stated Medi-Cal was the state name for Medicare. Medi-Cal is the state name for the federal Medicaid program.
NEWS
October 2, 2003
Ryan Carter Dentist Jerry Lanier is locked up. And so are other dentists, he said, thanks to recent state cuts to Medi-Cal. Lanier is protesting cuts in Medi-Cal and Denti-Cal reimbursements that he said will ultimately hurt the low-income families he serves in Glendale, Hollywood and surrounding areas. So, beginning Wednesday, he imprisoned himself in front of his main office in Hollywood's Little Armenia, in a yellow cage with signs all around the front yard of Kids Dental Kare.
NEWS
October 18, 2004
Darleene Barrientos Glendale Unified School District officials are defending billing the state for some services they provide after a couple of Glendale parents complained about the practice. The district bills Medi-Cal for services like mental health evaluation, health education and hearing assessments. A detailed report about the Local Education Agency/Medi-Cal Billing Option program will be presented Tuesday during the Glendale Unified School District's board meeting.
NEWS
By Jeremy Oberstein | July 22, 2008
GLENDALE — Local pharmacists who had praised a recent court order to reinstate state-sponsored slashes for Medi-Cal prescription drug payments are reeling after the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision to revoke a temporary injunction. The three-judge panel on the appeals court ruled July 11 that 10% cuts in payments for prescription drugs dispensed under Medi-Cal would have caused “serious irreparable injury” to beneficiaries of the program, which provides health care to low-income families and individuals throughout the state.
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By Arin Mikailian, arin.mikailian@latimes.com | March 15, 2014
The March 31 deadline to sign up for insurance under Covered California is fast approaching, and for one branch of case workers, it's crunch time to help people get signed up. Rasheedah Scott is one of three certified enrollment counselors at the Verdugo Jobs Center, a title she earned through a training program to specifically assist individuals in joining the state's healthcare exchange set up as part of the federal Affordable Care Act. ...
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | October 18, 2013
One Tuesday a month, Stephen Houlemard gets a ride to the Glendale Free Clinic, located on the second floor of the First United Methodist Church of Glendale, from a friend. Houlemard, a Temple City resident, comes to the clinic to monitor the diseases - diabetes and Addison's disease, an adrenal gland disorder - he's suffered from for decades, and to pick up medication. Houlemard's treatment, like that of all patients at the clinic, is paid for with grants from local hospitals and the effort of volunteers.
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By Mark Kellam, mark.kellam@latimes.com | November 24, 2011
It came down to the wire, but Daylight Adult Day Health Care Center in Glendale will remain open and continue serving hundreds of low-income clients after its network reached a settlement with the state over Medi-Cal payments. Without the settlement - reached after advocates for the disabled and elderly filed a court motion this summer seeking to prevent planned funding cuts - Daylight and other centers that are part of the state's Adult Day Health Care program would have closed on Dec. 1 because they would no longer have been eligible for Medi-Cal benefits.
NEWS
November 7, 2011
An article in the Oct. 28 News section incorrectly that stated Medi-Cal was the state name for Medicare. Medi-Cal is the state name for the federal Medicaid program.
NEWS
By Adolfo Flores, Veronica Rocha and Jason Wells | October 27, 2011
Fifteen people were arrested Thursday on suspicion of taking part in an elaborate $18-million Medicare fraud scheme that officials say involved a Glendale medical clinic and a pharmacy in San Marino. The scheme involved so-called “prescription harvesting,” in which Manor Medical Imaging Clinic and San Gabriel Valley pharmacies allegedly re-billed the government repeatedly for anti-psychotic medications, according to a federal criminal complaint unsealed Thursday. A total of 17 people were named in the complaint.
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha | October 22, 2009
GLENDALE ? Two Glendale residents were indicted Wednesday on charges that they allegedly billed more than $1.4 million in false claims to Medicare through fraudulent medical supply companies, officials said. The U.S. Attorney?s Office in Los Angeles charged Edgar Srapyan, 26, and Mariya Bagdasaryan, 54, with conspiracy to commit health-care fraud for allegedly submitting false claims for power wheelchairs and accessories to Medicare from October 2007 to December 2008. Bagdasaryan was arrested Wednesday morning, but authorities are still looking for Srapyan, according to the U.S. Attorney?
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By Veronica Rocha | October 21, 2009
GLENDALE — Two Glendale residents were indicted Wednesday on charges that they allegedly billed more than $1.4 million in false claims to Medicare through fraudulent medical supply companies, officials said. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles charged Edgar Srapyan, 26, and Mariya Bagdasaryan, 54, with conspiracy to commit health care fraud for allegedly submitting false claims for power wheelchairs and accessories to Medicare from October 2007 to December 2008.
NEWS
By Jeremy Oberstein | July 22, 2008
GLENDALE — Local pharmacists who had praised a recent court order to reinstate state-sponsored slashes for Medi-Cal prescription drug payments are reeling after the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision to revoke a temporary injunction. The three-judge panel on the appeals court ruled July 11 that 10% cuts in payments for prescription drugs dispensed under Medi-Cal would have caused “serious irreparable injury” to beneficiaries of the program, which provides health care to low-income families and individuals throughout the state.
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