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Churchville Chiropractor Charged with Fraud

Harold Bloom, owner of Weather Vane Wellness Center, stands accused of filling more than 100,000 in fraudulent insurance claims at his Churchville business.

An Ivyland man stands accused of filing thousands of dollars in fraudulent insurance claims out of his local chiropractic office. 

According to Attorney General Linda Kelly, Howard Bloom, 55, of 8 Lincoln Circle, submitted more than $116,000 in fraudulent medicare claims, many of which originated from his Weather Vane Wellness Center in Churchville. 

According to the criminal complaint, Bloom submitted bogus insurance claims under a billing code that required a doctor to have direct one-on-one contact with a patient.

Instead, Bloom allegedly submitted claims for more than 2,000 treatments which were actually performed by massage therapists, rather than administering the therapies himself.

Bloom allegedly submitted insurance claims on numerous occasions where he claims to have provided between 30 and 47 hours of treatment in a single day.

Additionally, Bloom is accused of adding an individual to the Weather Vane Chiropractic group insurance coverage plan, even though that person was not an employee of the medical practice.

The insurance company paid Bloom and Weather Vane Chiropractic approximately $25,000 for treatments billed on behalf of this "employee" and his family. 
 
Bloom is charged with four counts of insurance fraud, two counts of theft by deception, and one count conspiracy, all third-degree felonies which are each punishable by up to seven years in prison and $15,000 fines.

According to Kelly, Weather Vane Wellness Center is charged with identical counts.

Bloom was arraigned before Richboro Magisterial District Judge William Benz and released on $20,000 unsecured bail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 22 at 2:00 p.m. in Judge Benz's Richboro courtroom.

Kathleen November 14, 2011 at 10:05 PM
I receive daily Medicare press releases. If people realized the billions of dollars paid out each year in fraudulent claims, the light sentences dealt out to those committing the fraud, and the failure to demand/receive repayment from those committing the crime they would quickly realize the need to purge this gov't agency of every incompetent, apathetic, and in many cases corrupt employees. It is obvious the government is not the least bit concerned about tightening up rules and regs that would severely cut back on the billions of dollars a year paid to criminals, thereby denying the same dollars to law-abiding, eligible citizens.
Jennifer November 14, 2011 at 11:54 PM
OMG is all I have to say.
frustrated November 27, 2011 at 10:25 PM
It is sad that the employees of Weather Vane will suffer because of this disgusting pig of a "doctor". There is so much more fraud going on than what the insurance companies even caught, it makes me sick that I know, but am not in a position to speak up...
Charles wightman December 21, 2012 at 05:07 PM
great healer...has to be a mistake...
shawn meenan January 18, 2013 at 03:06 AM
These are formal accusations and that is all they are. As of the date this article was written, no one has proven that this man did anything illegal. Thank God we have a presumption of innocence in this country regardless of whether some of the persons making the aforementioned comments deserve it.
Adrianne Spiegel May 30, 2013 at 03:01 AM
Dr. Howard Bloom in January 2013 was found not guilty of any and all charges. The Judge questioned the validity of the charges. Judge stated that Dr. Bloom did not try to fraud or deceive in any way. Looks to me like the insurance company was just looking for another way to get out of paying a provider.

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