Those who do not know this true story should. Some 20+ years ago, I worked as an expert witness alongside Harry Goldsmith under the umbrella held by attorney Keith Greer in a substantial recovery lawsuit against many podiatrists in the state of California who had billed and were paid by Medi- Cal for custom foot orthotics billed with the bill code L3000 (UCBL).
Harry and I both worked for free, and put many hours of research, phone calls, and then testimony in this "test" case. We were able to convince the judge that a custom prescription foot orthotic made from a foam impression cast technique could satisfied the requirements of the L3000 code, thus overturning and ending a refund request for many millions of dollars that was previously paid to Medi-Cal podiatry providers who were paid for services that had been prior approved and provided, but later asked for refunds by the state of California on a technicality, having to do only with casting technique. All podiatrist, those who would have been directly involved and those who were not, should be thankful to Harry for his expertise in helping to win this case.
Over the years, I had the opportunity either by e-mail or by phone to speak with and work behind the scenes and advise Harry, usually regarding questions in the podiatry world of orthotics to help clarify issues and give him my input. He respected me as a practicing podiatrist and even though he often was working for insurance companies, I respected him for both his sincerity and honesty. I am very saddened by his passing and I will miss our interactions, and I am not sure if anyone out there can fill his shoes.
Keith L. Gurnick, DPM
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