Date: February 20, 2014
Pursuant to Workers' Compensation Law Section 13-d(4), the Chair of the New York State Workers' Compensation Board has exercised his authority to temporarily suspend Dr. Eric Senat's authorization to treat injured workers within the New York State workers' compensation system effective February 18, 2014. Dr. Senat's last known business address is 3156 Kings Highway, Brooklyn, New York.
The Chair's designee's investigation revealed that Dr. Senat was charged with and pled guilty to health care fraud in the United States District Court, Southern District of New York. Specifically, it is alleged that he knowingly executed, and attempted to execute, a scheme and artifice to defraud a health care benefit program, and to obtain, by means of false and fraudulent pretenses, representations, and promises, money and property owned by, and under the custody and control of, a health care benefit program, in connection with the delivery of and payment for health care benefits, items, and services, which he billed health care benefit programs for but did not actually perform.
As a result, Dr. Senat must forfeit to the United States, pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 982(a)(7), all property, real and personal, that constitutes or is derived, directly or indirectly, from gross proceeds traceable to the commission of the offense, including but not limited to $324,726.05.
Therefore, the Chair believes that Dr. Senat may be guilty of misconduct, and that such misconduct would detrimentally affect the quality of care provided to injured workers.
Dr. Senat is prohibited from rendering treatment and care to injured workers while his authorization is temporarily suspended. Reports submitted by Dr. Senat for services rendered prior to February 18, 2014, are valid, but are invalid for any services rendered on or after that date. Requests to cross-examine Dr. Senat for services rendered prior to February 18, 2014 should not be denied due to the suspension of his authorization.
This suspension remains in effect until further notice. Any questions regarding the authorized lists should be referred to the Medical Director’s Office at 1 (800) 781-2362.
Robert E. Beloten