Scheme results in slap on wrist for provider's therapist

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

BALTIMORE - A state board has reprimanded an occupational therapist for allegedly conducting evaluations for power wheelchairs over the phone instead of face-to-face. Sandra Goscinski was contracted by the Virginia-based Source One Mobility to conduct the evaluations, which included "clinical findings." "Basically, [Source One] would get a call from an advertisement on TV and to get through a post-payment audit, they hired a therapist to call the consumer and write a detailed letter," said an industry source. The letters she wrote were sent to physicians, who then filled out CMNs and prescribed power wheelchairs. The case was kicked back to Maryland, where Goscinski is licensed by the Maryland State Board of Occupational Therapy Practice. The board concluded the reports demonstrated "incompetence," a violation of the state's health occupations code.