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Patriot Ledger
Sharon psychiatrist took advantage of addicts, AG says
By Patriot Ledger
November 13, 2015

United Health Associates, 62 S Main St, Sharon, MA 02067

United Health Associates, 62 S Main St, Sharon, MA 02067

BOSTON – A psychiatrist who practices in Sharon has agreed to pay more than $360,000 to settle allegations that he charged patients for opioid addiction treatments that they should have received for free.

The state attorney general’s office says Dr. Joshua Golden, a psychiatrist with United Health Associates, charged patients $100 to $250 every time they visited his office for a Suboxone treatment even though it was covered by their MassHealth insurance plan. The attorney general’s office says Golden took in more than $280,000 from more than 100 patients over the course of several years.

Golden is the latest doctor accused of taking advantage of people who seek to fight an opioid addiction with the help of Suboxone, a formulation of buprenorphine that suppresses symptoms of withdrawal and cravings for the drugs. A Dedham pediatrician recently settled with the attorney general’s office over similar allegations and a North Andover practice is fighting a lawsuit in court.

The attorney general’s office said Golden, who also has a practice in Attleboro, started collecting the illegal fees in July 2011, charging patients $250 for an initial visit and $100 for subsequent visits. He has agreed to pay restitution to the 107 patients who paid the illegal fees as well as a fine to the attorney general’s office.

Golden is also barred from collecting any money for services covered by MassHealth, unless permitted by MassHealth regulations, and must post a sign in his offices saying that MassHealth members may not be charged for any services they receive there.