Risks Of Health Care Fraud Charges Increase For Medical Professionals
Prosecution of health care fraud under the False Claims Act has been a major emphasis for the U.S. federal government in recent years. The Health Care Fraud Prevention and Enforcement Action Team (HEAT) was formed in 2009 and, in 2012, the formation of a fraud-fighting partnership between government agencies and private insurers was heavily publicized.
Investigations and both civil and criminal litigation now lead to several billions of dollars in penalties being handed down each year. Substantial financial incentives provided to qui tam whistleblowers, who can share in government recoveries, have dramatically increased the number of high-profile Medicare fraud and other health care fraud cases tried in federal courts each year.
Extensive Experience Addressing Government Agency Investigations And Criminal Allegations
At Kelley, Wolter & Scott, P.A., our lawyers have represented several prominent health care companies, regional providers and their officers facing:
- Allegations under the federal False Claims Act lodged by internal whistleblowers
- Civil investigative demands by the U.S. Department of Health-Office of Inspector General
- Criminal investigations initiated by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Minnesota Attorney General
Our principal attorneys include a former federal prosecutor and a partner who is certified by the Minnesota State Bar Association as a criminal law specialist. We have investigators proven capable of matching the rigor applied by government agencies and support staff adept at managing the vast documentation and evidence associated with complex litigation. We also have complementary strengths in grand jury witness representation and professional license defense for physicians and other health care providers.
Turn To A Health Care Law Team Known For Skill, Rigor And Discretion
The regulatory complexities and challenges faced by medical, pharmaceutical and insurance companies have never been more imposing. You may have a pressing need to launch a thorough yet discrete internal investigation — or to deal with a government probe into fraudulent claims or billing, kickbacks, patient record fabrication or other alleged activities.
We welcome direct client inquiries and referrals statewide, and we frequently represent clients based elsewhere with legal concerns in Minnesota. To discuss your specific needs with an attorney at Kelley, Wolter & Scott, P.A., request a consultation today.