Buffalo Medicaid Fraud Defense
Erie County Attorney Nick Oberheiden Will Protect Your License and Your Freedom
Buffalo Medicaid providers are under attack. Almost no week goes by without reports of new government crackdowns and rumors of investigations targeting some of the most popular and most appreciated medical providers in West New York. The New York Attorney General’s Office covering Region One, the Buffalo regional office at 350 Main Street, Buffalo, New York 14202 is aggressively investigating honest health care providers that serve Medicaid patients and volunteer exceptional Medicaid services to the community.
Buffalo, NY defense attorney Nick Oberheiden dedicates his practice to defending health care businesses and providers that are accused of fraud, kickbacks, over-prescriptions, medically unnecessary services, or billing for services not provided. With hundreds of health care fraud investigations handled, Nick has built a reputation in New York and out-of-state of avoiding criminal charges in government fraud investigations. Here are the results in some of his most recent Medicaid fraud, Medicare fraud, kickback, False Claims Act, and billing fraud representations.
- United States v. Client:
- United States v. Client: Dismissed.
- DEA Search Warrant: No Charges.
- DEA Opioid Investigation (Physician): No Charges.
- DEA Overdose Investigation (Physician): No Charges.
- FBI & OIG Health Care Fraud Case: No Charges.
- Grand Jury Subpoena (Kickbacks): No Charges.
- Grand Jury Subpoena (Kickbacks): No Charges.
When you hire Medicaid fraud defense attorney Dr. Nick Oberheiden, you enjoy a lawyer with true experience. No matter how hopeless you consider your situation, Nick will explore different options and find mitigating factors and strong defenses. Nick can be reached 7 days a week on his cell phone at (214) 692-2171.
This Is What Buffalo Medicaid Providers Need to Know about Current Investigations
Buffalo prosecutors are currently investigating Medicaid providers with unprecedented aggressiveness and scrutiny. New York state prosecutors are working closely with special investigators from the New York Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU), federal prosecutors, health care fraud special agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS-OIG). The combined state and federal law-enforcement effort is meant to signal the seriousness and the large scope of the Buffalo investigations.
Medicaid providers throughout New York State have been accused of medical wrongdoings, illegal kickbacks, unlawful financial relationships with referring entities (e.g. toxicology labs, pharmacies etc.), and a variety of alleged fraudulent billing schemes. As part of this enforcement wave, many physicians and business entrepreneurs are at risk of losing their medical license and their ability to bill for Medicaid or Medicare services under CMS rules. Worse, a number of physicians in New York were taken by surprise and arrested, prosecuted, and jailed.
Don’t let this happen to you. Protect your business, protect what you have built, protect your license, and protect your freedom. If you have reason to believe that your practice is on the government’s radar in Buffalo, New York, you do not have the luxury of hesitating or experimenting.
How the DEA Has Teamed Up with Buffalo Medicaid Prosecutors
Ever since the Justice Department in Washington D.C. declared its war against opioid prescribers, the practice of dispensing controlled substances for hospitals, pharmacies, nursing homes, dentists, physicians, and other Medicaid providers in the Buffalo metropolis is no longer the same.
In fact, special agents from the DEA have built close working relationships with the New York Medical Board and the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit to corner Buffalo Medicaid providers and charge them with Medicaid Fraud and felony violations under 21 U.S.C. 841 and 21 U.S.C. 846 under the federal Controlled Substances Act. The claim, in essence, is that these providers prescribed “too much” and prescribed medically not necessary opioids, benzodiazepines, stimulants, sedatives, and muscle relaxants to their Medicaid patients.
From successful defenses of New York health care providers in DEA cases, DEA defense attorney Dr. Nick Oberheiden knows that these claims are rarely true. True, however, is that large patient populations are trying to find doctors kind and serving enough to get very necessary medical treatment—which most other doctors simply refuse to offer. Many patients have to come by bus, taxi, or in organized rides to travel long distances to the one provider willing to see and treat Medicaid patients to not end up in endless waiting queues at sporadically spread regional emergency rooms.
Choose an advocate that knows your industry and understands the complexities of Medicaid program fraud allegations. Every lawyer will tell you that he/she wants to help you. But, if you have to help your lawyer first to understand the nuances of opioid compliance, Medicaid billing, the exceptions to kickback allegations etc., then you may have to conclude that your time and money is better spent with an experienced attorney.
How to Select a Health Care Fraud Defense Attorney in Buffalo, New York
Without a doubt, there are many lawyers in Buffalo and throughout Erie County that are available to help you. Many of these lawyers are excellent in their field of practice. However, just like you would be careful when looking for a good surgeon to operate on your back, you should be equally rigid and selective when looking for a lawyer to protect everything that is important and meaningful to you, including your time with your family—and your assets.
The following questions may help you navigate through the maze of available lawyers to filter out the ones that have actual experience as demonstrated by past success in health care cases.
- How Much of Your Practice Is Dedicated to Health Care Fraud Defense?
- What Were the Outcomes in Your Last 100 Health Care Fraud/Medicaid Fraud Cases?
- Will You Use Junior Lawyers or Paralegals or Are YOU Representing Me?
When you speak to Buffalo Medicaid defense attorney Dr. Nick Oberheiden you will realize from the first moment that he knows what he’s talking about. Clients throughout New York and in more than 30 states have experienced what it means to get reliable advice in difficult and anxious health care fraud defense situations—without being charged with an offense and without losing their medical privileges or licenses.
Nick strongly believes that understanding all aspects of health care law and the ability to effectively negotiate and defend health care matters in front of specialized prosecutors go hand-in-hand. So many times has Nick taken over a case where the client stood against the wall at least partially because the previous counsel was not able to compellingly introduce applicable defenses—simply because that lawyer lacked a profound understanding of the laws and rules governing health care cases.