Backbreaker

A half-kilo of blow, machine-gun blasts, and a millionaire chiropractor. Does this make sense?

It was at this point, Goroway claims, that he became apprehensive about whether his company had dipped too far into legal gray areas. He phased out the auditing part of the business. "I got scared of the lies from the chiropractors," Goroway said in his deposition. "I think it was too easy for the chiropractors to try to conjure up services that they say they were providing and not providing."

Boulis did not go away quietly. Upon leaving Practice Mechanix, he launched a competing firm called Practice Solutions. It wasn't the only imitator. By 2003, Goroway says the market was "saturated" with companies like his. Attendance at his seminars plunged, as did his company's sales. His overhead was still high, though, and those costs quickly devoured the profits.

Goroway had not given himself a fallback position. In 1998, he had abandoned four of the five clinics in which he had a stake. The one remaining clinic in Hollywood, the former Flamingo Chiropractic, which had since become United Care Medical Associates, had suffered from neglect in the years since Goroway embarked on his seminar blitz. In June 2003, he closed the office. On the same day, he was served with a lawsuit by State Farm Insurance.

A few years after he graduated, Goroway was already closing in on his first million.
A few years after he graduated, Goroway was already closing in on his first million.
Markell Boulis is a cautionary tale about the dangers of chiropractors' dabbling in drugs.
Markell Boulis is a cautionary tale about the dangers of chiropractors' dabbling in drugs.

The nation's largest auto insurer accused Goroway, Goldstein, and their business entities of being part of a "racketeering" scheme through which they encouraged their chiropractor clients to order tests of dubious medical value purely for the sake of collecting from insurers.

The suit alleged that the group submitted 33,000 reports to insurance providers and enrolled nearly 3,000 chiropractors nationwide. The cost to the insurance industry, State Farm attorneys estimated, was in the tens of millions. (Ross Silverman, an attorney who handled the case for State Farm, says company policy bars him from speaking about it.) Goroway and Goldstein denied the allegations and initially began a defense of the suit.

"They went after us because we were one of the largest," Goldstein says. "There were hundreds that did what we did, but not to the degree that we did it." He defended the integrity of the tests and said that chiropractor clients were required to sign forms in which they vouched for the necessity of a patient's receiving the test. The real issue, Goldstein suspects, is that mobile diagnostic units were emerging as a more convenient alternative to neurology clinics.

Thomas Drzemala, a chiropractor who had been hired to be a salesman for Practice Mechanix, gave an affidavit for the State Farm case in which he described how Goroway stressed that the "real money" is in electrodiagnostic testing. "He directed us to tell the chiropractors they should order the [electrodiagnostic] tests for every patient at their practice because every subluxation" — the term for spinal misalignment — "had a neurological component which could be evaluated," Drzemala stated. "I did not agree with this because, based upon my education and experience, nerve conduction studies have limited diagnostic value."

In Drzemala's view, the chiropractors themselves saw little value in the tests beyond the income they generated. "Because of their lack of understanding regarding the tests, I seriously doubt whether the chiropractors ever factored the interpretations of the tests into any patient's treatment plan," Drzemala asserted in his affidavit.

Shortly after Drzemala left Practice Mechanix in late 2001, he filed a report with the Florida Insurance Fraud Bureau alleging that "Practice Mechanix was improperly using financial incentives to encourage chiropractors to order unnecessary electro­diagnostic and spinal ultrasound testing and to submit new bills for services and procedures that may or may not have been performed."

Although Goroway couldn't have known it, he is fortunate that these allegations never appeared in a criminal indictment. They did for his former friend and salesman, Boulis, who was indicted in 2006 for health-care fraud and income tax evasion in connection with Boulis' Practice Solutions. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette billed it as "one of the largest health insurance fraud cases in the United States" — and Boulis' company was smaller than Goroway's had been.

Even before that case was filed, Boulis had been arrested in Cleveland in June 2003 after buying three rocks of crack cocaine — a violation of his probation from the drug arrest in Georgia.

Goroway's legal bills were growing too. His wife, Patricia, filed for divorce in 2004.

Patricia Goroway, reached by phone, said of her ex-husband: "I can't comment on anything about him. I really don't know anything about him."

In January 2005, Goroway settled his part of the State Farm suit and was dismissed from the case. By the time he sat for an October 2005 deposition in the same case, there was little sign of the dashing entrepreneur who made millions on the seminar circuit. Asked whether he was the top salesman at Practice Mechanix, Goroway said: "I was it. I was the game. I mean, you know, I'm not looking myself today. I'm very tired right now, and I'm — I've been through a lot. OK? Since your case and a lot of other things. I lost my dad, my stepdad, my businesses, everything, in a year and a half's time. Everything in my life is gone. I'm at my lowest point in my whole life. I was at my highest point for a while there."

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fivestar1
fivestar1

It never ceases to amaze me how slanderous remarks can be made without even a shred of truth to substanciate them on the internet. You may want to consider having even a bit of truth in your comment  before you make them. First of all, he is not now nor has he ever been an owner or even affiliated or employed of Biovis . He simply utilized there billing services for a period of time. And another piece of misinformation, They are not a pharmacy!! Like the rest of the content in your posting, these are all false statements.

JohnW
JohnW

David Goroway is back at it. Somehow while still on parole he owns a pharmacy called Biovis with another felon John Bayliss. Please do not do business with these people. I was offered money to write prescriptions for diabetic patients which they were calling from telemarketing rooms for pain creams which I later found out were stored in 50 gallon containers from suspect ingredients. Then I find out that Goroway was arrested and sued in the past for this very same thing of bilking insurance companies out of millions of dollars. I asked to speak to his partner John Bayliss after learning this and never received call backs. Then I find out that John is a convicted felon as well as most of the company staff. How the hell do people like this keep taking advantage of us and earning millions of dollars in the process? Do yourself a favor and call the police if they approach you to write prescriptions.


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janetmansure
janetmansure

The girlfriend Suissa is a piece of work and works for the Broward County School System-nice, huh???

Jackie McKool
Jackie McKool

I would love to know what went on between 2008 and today, 1/18/2012, because David Goroway is still scamming people -- me for one.  I am a chiropractor in SC and his latest scam is to con $847 out of chiropractors under the guise of setting up hCG weight loss programs in their clinics.  They would do the marketing and provide the MD to prescribe the hCG.  Needless to say, his company formerly known as Nu Age Rejuvenation and now called Life Allure has never performed their end of the agreement -- and I am out $847.  I wish I had read this article before now, I might have stood a better chance of getting my money back.  He is smooth, I'll tell you that much.  He's disgusting.

Ed
Ed

"Medical fraud is a real problem, but the chiropractic portion of it is tiny." That's B.S. The chiropractors are wannabee doctors who never completed a fourth of what it takes to get an M.D. and go through residency. But they still want to make just as much money (or more). As the article states, they treat conditions that usually get better anyway with time, but the chiropracter takes the credit, and the ignorant public doesn't realize the difference! They constantly bring up the occasional deficiencies of real doctors to justify their actions. They are ok if they stick to the lower back and know when to refer if things don't inprove but their greed and ignorance in medicine often lead them to do inapropriate things. And on a much more frequent basis (per capita) than legitimate doctors.

wilfred
wilfred

I was a patient of Dr.Goroway at what was Flamingo Chiropractic. I was searching for my records for my VA claim, this is how I found this story.So where are the records from the now defunct "United Care Medical?"

bigsigh
bigsigh

This is about a bad doctor and human being vs. a bad chiropractor. You can sadly go to medical doctors who will spend five minutes with you as well. In practices (chiropractic) that I've been in, half and hour to fourty five minutes is closer to the norm. Medical fraud is a real problem, but the chiropractic portion of it is tiny. The electrodiagnostic tests you mention are medical tests, not chiropractic inventions. The vast majority of these are performed by MD's. I personally think they're overused, and never refer patients to them. Many legit MD's (and some Chiropractors) do have uses for them. Many MD's will order them automatically, even though they don't change treatment direction significantly. It is often considered medical "standard of care" to order them for pain down the arm or leg. The school he went to for chiropractic is one that the rest of the profession tried to strip it's license from, out of concern for the quality of teaching. He is not representative of the profession. While his goal may have been to have patients dependent, that's not a universal tenet of the profession. My goal is to get my patients better so they can fire me. It would have been nice if you'd bothered talking to a legit chiropractor, or contact the ACA for information of where he was different from the average chiro. Relying on the dregs and "critics of the profession" to discuss the profession is not accurate reporting. Also, just looking at the wikipedia article for the electrodiagnostic testing would tell you what it was for, instead of presenting it as a chiropractic scam.

Cari
Cari

I was once a patient, then employee of Dr. Goroway and he is one of the nicest guys that I have ever known. I remember him treating people for free and making people feel good about themselves who feel real crappy after accidents. He is an amazingly charismatic person and I was shocked to see this in the paper. I remember some of his struggles though and hope that everything works out for him. Happiness is only achievable when you are happy within David!

LB
LB

Is there a follow up coming soon?

sally
sally

so wheres the story?

janetmansure
janetmansure

She is a teacher, a teacher of elementary school children. Pretty scary stuff.

drdbiggs
drdbiggs

How many chiropractors cut out the wrong kidney or prescribe the wrong poison that kills you?

Drug glazed surgeons are not my idea of real doctors.

Ed
Ed

In the case of these chiropracters, it was being used as a scam.

Ed
Ed

He may have been a nice guy. I've known several people who were nice on casual meeting but were nevertheless dishonest.

 
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