Join SPI and our friends at APPLE at the 2017 AAPLE Picnic at Yankees Stadium: Orioles Vs. Yankees, Saturday September 16, 2017. More info at http://www.aaple.org/events/events.htm




Mark Warshavsky awarded the Thomas R. Porter Lifetime Achievement Award

Mark S. WarshavskyOur friends at Gettry Marcus CPA, P.C. are pleased to announce that partner (and long-time SPI member) Mark S. Warshavsky, CPA/ABV/CFF, CVA, CBA, ASA, CFE, MAFF, DABFA, MBA, has been named the 2017 recipient of the prestigious Thomas R. Porter Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA). Mr. Warshavsky accepted the award during the NACVA/CTI Annual Consultants' Conference, June 7-10, 2017 at Swissôtel, Chicago, IL.

At Gettry Marcus, Mark S. Warshavsky is the Partner-in-Charge of the firm’s Business Valuation and Litigation Services Group, one of the largest in the New York metropolitan area, with certified business valuation professionals and a team of forensic accountants. The Thomas R. Porter Lifetime Achievement Award is presented annually by NACVA to an individual who exemplifies the qualities that Tom R. Porter displayed passionately throughout his life and within the financial profession, who demonstrated exemplary character and leadership, and has contributed professionally to NACVA and the industry.


Medal Of Honor Captain Florent Groberg will be honored at SPI's 61st Awards Dinner

SPI is pleased and honored to announce that Retired U.S. Army Capt. Florent "Flo" Groberg will be our honoree at the Annual Awards Dinner on September 28. French-born Florent Groberg was recognized with America's highest valor award for his actions on Aug. 8, 2012, in Afghanistan.

"On his very worst day, he managed to summon his very best," President Obama said during the Medal of Honor ceremony on November 12, 2015. "That's the nature of courage — not being unafraid, but confronting fear and danger, and performing in a selfless fashion. He showed his guts, he showed his training, how he would put it all on the line for his teammates. That's an American we can all be grateful for."

“Nothing can be accomplished without teamwork," Florent Groberg said. "I wouldn't be here without the incredible acts of my team.”   Watch this captivating and often moving interview of Capt. Groberg with Steven Colbert:


Bruce Sackman on Medicine, Money and Fraud

On May 16, 2017, SPI President Bruce Sackman gave a presentation to the New York External Fraud Committee, on how medical centers work to combat fraud waste and abuse in their organizations. Sackman, Senior Investigator for the Mount Sinai Healthcare System, addressed the topics of external and internal financial frauds, including Medicare Medicaid frauds, bribery, theft of equipment and supplies, employee misconduct...

The variety of frauds and motives was impressive. In New York City, some doctors can get very creative in their billings when treating foreign patients, for instance. These patients who come from all over the world to get treatment in the city’s top institutions pay cash and in advance. They often overpay for services not rendered. As they fly back home, their visits are deleted from systems. While "Phantom billing" and "Upcoding" line the pockets of corrupt physicians, other types of fraud, such as "unbundling" (charging separately for procedures that could be under one code), are often committed by salaried employees of hospitals who don’t make direct financial gain, said Sackman: "These are people who want to avoid embarrassment at meetings,  they want to 'make numbers' and hope that they will move up the ladder,” he explained.

Sackman described different laws that help combat fraud and abuse in medical facilities, such as the Stark Anti Kickback Law and the systems in place to encourage whistleblowers to come forward with information on fraud, such as Qui Tam Litigation. He also talked about external threats and the WanaCry cyberattack. “Security isn’t always a priority in hospitals. Medicine is,” he stated. That’s why ID thieves and hackers target hospitals for ransomware. “A lot of hospitals have paid ransomware, and you don’t hear about it,” he said.