Health care fraud costs the country millions of dollars every year. It’s a type of white collar crime that entails the filing of dishonest health care claims in order to turn a profit. And fraudulent health care schemes come in many forms. Financial losses caused by health care fraud are only a part of the story; it has a human face too. Victims of health care fraud are easy to find. Victims of health care fraud are those who are exploited or subjected to unsafe or unnecessary medical procedures. Victims of health care fraud are also those whose medical records have been compromised and used to submit falsified claims.
Health Care Fraud Allegations
Health care institutions and health care professionals must comply with extensive regulations and civil statutes. Failure to comply with the current health care regulatory guidelines can result in federal prosecution. Common allegations include:
- Medicaid fraud
- Medicare fraud
- Billing fraud
- Conflicts of interest
- Sham intermediary entities
And while many health care fraud cases are true, what do you do if you’re falsely charged with health care fraud? Many doctors risk criminal exposure just by recommending patients to a facility in which the doctor has a financial interest. Non-physician health care professionals, such as manufacturers and medical device distributors also risk exposure in the medical arena. The number of pitfalls lurking in the federal health care system is staggering.
How Attorney Jennifer L. Thompson Can Help
The federal government aggressively seeks out health care fraud, and its investigators are often ruthless. As a result, even incidental errors can be identified as potential fraud. Plus, Medicare and Medicaid billing manuals and procedures are complex and often lead to misunderstandings and coding errors. Federal investigations and audits don’t resolve themselves. Turn to attorney Jennifer L. Thompson to help you understand the requirements and use her experience with health care fraud to limit your exposure and ensure a positive outcome. If you’re convicted of health care fraud, it could lead to license revocation, jail time and a denial of participation in Medicare or Medicaid.
Attorney Jennifer L. Thompson is experienced in representing and defending doctors and health care providers ensnared in allegations of health care fraud. She is a seasoned white collar criminal defense attorney who has handled many health care fraud investigations.