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Defending Toxicology Labs In Stark Law Investigations

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Dr. Nick Oberheiden, Esq.
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(214)-692-2171
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Current Toxicology Laboratory Investigations

Recently, toxicology laboratories have faced increased scrutiny from federal investigators looking for improper relationships with their referring physicians.  Toxicology laboratories with close ties to drug treatment centers are receiving particular attention regarding referrals for urine testing.

Stark Law Explained

The Physician Self-Referral Law (“Stark Law”) prohibits a physician from making a referral for certain designated health services to an entity in which the physician or an immediate family member of the physician has an ownership interest, investment interest, or a compensation arrangement unless an exception applies. The Stark Law applies exclusively to Medicare and Medicaid. Further, the Stark Law only applies to referrals to the following Designated Health Services, as specified in the statute:

  • Clinical laboratory services
  • Radiology services, including magnetic resonance imaging, computerized axial tomography scans, and ultrasound services
  • Radiation therapy services and supplies
  • Durable medical equipment and supplies
  • Parental and enternal nutrients, equipment, and supplies
  • Prosthetics, orthotics, devices, and supplies
  • Home health services
  • Outpatient prescription drugs
  • Inpatient and outpatient hospital services
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy services (and related services such as pathology therapy)

The penalties for Stark Law violations are civil in nature and vary in degree depending on the specific circumstances of the case.  To begin with, Medicare or Medicaid can withhold payment for services provided in violation of the Stark Law.  Furthermore, irrespective of intent, a provider will be required to pay back any monies received from Medicare or Medicaid that were paid for services provided in violation of the Law.  Providers that were found to have knowingly violated the Stark Law could also face civil monetary penalties and exclusion from federal healthcare programs.

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Dr. Nick Oberheiden
Dr. Nick Oberheiden

Attorney-at-Law & Founder

Amanda Marshall
Amanda Marshall

Former U.S. Attorney

Local Counsel

Lynette S. Byrd
Lynette S. Byrd

Former Federal Prosecutor

Partner

Aaron L. Wiley
Aaron L. Wiley

Former Federal Prosecutor

Local Counsel

Subodh Chandra
Subodh Chandra

Former Federal Prosecutor

Local Counsel

Elizabeth K. Stepp
Elizabeth K. Stepp

Partner

Roger Bach
Roger Bach
(Non-Lawyer)

Former Special Agent, OIG

Dennis A. Wichern
Dennis A. Wichern
(Non-Lawyer)

Former Special Agent-in-Charge

Chris Quick
Chris Quick
(Non-Lawyer)

Former Special Agent, FBI

Kevin M. Sheridan
Kevin M. Sheridan
(Non-Lawyer)

Retired Supervisory Special Agent, FBI

Ray Yuen
Ray Yuen
(Non-Lawyer)

Former Supervisory Special Agent, FBI

Gamal Abdel-Hafiz
Gamal Abdel-Hafiz
(Non-Lawyer)

Former Supervisory Special Agent, FBI

Toxicology Representations

Oberheiden, P.C. is a healthcare fraud defense law firm that represents toxicology laboratories, healthcare providers, and business owners in Stark Law, False Claims Act, and government investigations across the country. Our team consists of former Department of Justice prosecutors and experienced defense counsel. Our profound understanding of all nuances of the Stark Law and other relevant healthcare laws has allowed us time after time to convince the government to stop its investigations against our clients. Central element of our past defense successes is the introduction of exceptions and carve outs that render otherwise prohibited conduct under the Stark Law completely legal and permissible.

  • Toxicology Laboratory (Stark Law Investigation)
    Result: Case concluded with no liability for our client.
  • Toxicology Laboratory (Stark Law Investigation)
    Result: Case concluded with no liability for our client.
  • Toxicology Laboratory (Stark Law Investigation)
    Result: Case concluded with no liability for our client.
  • Toxicology Laboratory (Stark Law Investigation)
    Result: Case concluded with no liability for our client.
  • Toxicology Laboratory (Stark Law Investigation)
    Result: Case concluded with no liability for our client.
  • Toxicology Laboratory (Stark Law Investigation)
    Result: Case concluded with no liability for our client.
  • Toxicology Laboratory (Stark Law Investigation)
    Result: Case concluded with no liability for our client.
  • Toxicology Laboratory (Stark Law Investigation)
    Result: Case concluded with no liability for our client.
  • Toxicology Laboratory (Stark Law Investigation)
    Result: Case concluded with no liability for our client.
  • Toxicology Laboratory (Stark Law Investigation)
    Result: Case concluded with no liability for our client.
  • Toxicology Laboratory (Stark Law Investigation)
    Result: Case concluded with no liability for our client.
  • Toxicology Laboratory (Stark Law Investigation)
    Result: Case concluded with no liability for our client.
  • Toxicology Laboratory (False Claims Act Investigation)
    Result: Case concluded with no liability for our client.
  • Toxicology Laboratory (False Claims Act Investigation)
    Result: Case concluded with no liability for our client.
  • Toxicology Laboratory (False Claims Act Investigation)
    Result: Case concluded with no liability for our client.
  • Toxicology Laboratory (False Claims Act Investigation)
    Result: Case concluded with no liability for our client.
  • Toxicology Laboratory (False Claims Act Investigation)
    Result: Case concluded with no liability for our client.
  • Toxicology Laboratory (False Claims Act Investigation)
    Result: Case concluded with no liability for our client.
  • Toxicology Laboratory (False Claims Act Investigation)
    Result: Case concluded with no liability for our client.
  • Toxicology Laboratory (False Claims Act Investigation)
    Result: Case concluded with no liability for our client.
  • Toxicology Laboratory (False Claims Act Investigation)
    Result: Case concluded with no liability for our client.
  • Toxicology Laboratory (False Claims Act Investigation)
    Result: Case concluded with no liability for our client.

Our Team

The attorneys of Oberheiden, P.C. are seasoned healthcare fraud defense attorneys that help clients from across the country with effective defense strategies against government investigations. Instead of being walled off by secretaries, paralegals, and junior lawyers, all our clients have direct access to experienced attorneys.

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If you are concerned that you are being audited or investigated or if you simply want to ask questions in a free and confidential setting, you should contact the experienced attorneys at Oberheiden, P.C.. We are available seven days a week, including weekends.

This information has been prepared for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. This information may constitute attorney advertising in some jurisdictions. Reading of this information does not create an attorney-client relationship. Prior results do not guarantee similar future outcomes. Oberheiden, P.C. is a Texas LLP with headquarters in Dallas. Mr. Oberheiden limits his practice to federal law.

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