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Las Vegas Healthcare Fraud Defense Attorneys

Zealous Healthcare Fraud Defense Attorneys Defending Medical Providers in Las Vegas

Las Vegas address – by appointment only:
5940 S. Rainbow Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89118
702-213-9490

Federal agencies such as the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), the Office of Inspector General (OIG), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have declared Las Vegas a center of Medicare fraud and opioid abuse enforcement. In late 2017, the Attorney General of the United States instructed federal prosecutors in Las Vegas and throughout Nevada to aggressively investigate and prosecute fraud and abuse in the local healthcare industry. Since then, almost no day goes by without new raids, arrests, and indictments against members of the local healthcare community.

In this climate of enforcement, Las Vegas medical providers must make a conscious decision. Do I jeopardize my license and my livelihood, or do I seek advice and representation from experienced counsel with a proven record of successful defense in DEA, FBI, and OIG healthcare investigations?

Experience & Proven Results for Las Vegas Medical Providers

Oberheiden, P.C. is known for its forceful healthcare fraud defense work. Clients from across the United States contact us when they are concerned about:

  • ZPIC audits,
  • Regulatory compliance questions,
  • Internal investigations, and
  • Defense matters involving various healthcare fraud statutes.

Our team includes former Justice Department officials and former federal prosecutors who previously led FBI, DEA, and OIG investigations.

This Is the Experience We Offer Our Clients:

  • 70 Years of Department of Justice Experience
  • Dismissed Federal Indictments
  • Former Federal Healthcare Fraud Prosecutors
  • Experience in More than 2,000 Federal Healthcare Fraud Cases
  • Avoided Criminal Charges in the Majority of Cases
  • Handled More than 2,000 Grand Jury Subpoenas

Do not hesitate to call our Las Vegas federal healthcare fraud defense attorneys right away to assess your case. Your initial call is free of charge and confidential.

“Trustworthy attorney who also understands the compliance, legal and business aspects of our group”
“Our companies have worked with firms all over the country within various specialties and now use [Oberheiden, P.C.] almost exclusively. Nick represented our companies in some federal law investigations. His guidance and expertise allowed us to continue to concentrate on our core business as he dealt with the complex legal issues.” – Satisfied Client

[“Excellent!”]
“I hired Nick Oberheiden and Oberheiden, P.C. to defend me in a criminal healthcare matter. From the first moment I met with Nick[,] my wife and I knew that he [would provide] the help I need[ed]. And yes, Nick got me out of trouble. No charges. Case Dismissed.” – Satisfied Client

Put our highly experienced team on your side

Dr. Nick Oberheiden
Dr. Nick Oberheiden

Founder

Attorney-at-Law

Lynette S. Byrd
Lynette S. Byrd

Former DOJ Trial Attorney

Partner

Brian J. Kuester
Brian J. Kuester

Former U.S. Attorney

Amanda Marshall
Amanda Marshall

Former U.S. Attorney

Local Counsel

Joe Brown
Joe Brown

Former U.S. Attorney

Local Counsel

John W. Sellers
John W. Sellers

Former Senior DOJ Trial Attorney

Linda Julin McNamara
Linda Julin McNamara

Federal Appeals Attorney

Aaron L. Wiley
Aaron L. Wiley

Former DOJ attorney

Local Counsel

Roger Bach
Roger Bach

Former Special Agent (DOJ)

Chris Quick
Chris J. Quick

Former Special Agent (FBI & IRS-CI)

Michael S. Koslow
Michael S. Koslow

Former Supervisory Special Agent (DOD-OIG)

Ray Yuen
Ray Yuen

Former Supervisory Special Agent (FBI)

Las Vegas and Nevada Healthcare Companies are Being Targeted in Federal Fraud Investigations

Experience matters. This is even more true when it comes to saving, protecting, and defending your business, your livelihood, and your license. Our Las Vegas civil investigative demand lawyers have successfully represented:

  • Physicians of All Specialties
  • Mental Healthcare Providers
  • Healthcare Business Owners
  • Home Health Agencies
  • Hospice Care Agencies
  • Hospitals
  • Toxicology Laboratories
  • Pharmacies
  • Healthcare Marketers etc.

Our firm has seen a dramatic increase in healthcare fraud investigations across the United States. In Nevada, federal officials and agencies under the leadership of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Las Vegas and Reno focus their efforts on locating alleged violations of the following federal healthcare fraud statutes:

  • Medicare Fraud (18 U.S.C. 1347)
  • Medicaid Fraud
  • Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 841)
  • Anti-Kickback Statute (42 U.S.C. 1320a-7b)
  • Stark Law Statute (42 U.S.C. 1395nn)
  • False Claims Act (31 U.S.C. 3729-3733)

Oberheiden, P.C. is a healthcare fraud defense firm. That means our lawyers spend every day assisting clients with compliance and defense cases. Our Las Vegas civil investigative demand attorneys appear, negotiate, and resolve issues for our clients daily. The following healthcare fraud enforcement agencies are those we most likely deal with:

  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
  • Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU)
  • Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
  • Office of Inspector General (OIG)
  • Department of Defense (DOD)
  • Department of Labor (DOL)
  • Other agencies and task forces

Although our practice covers all aspects of healthcare compliance and defense against government fraud probes, our core services are as follows:

  • Medicare Audits (ZPIC Audit)
  • Healthcare Fraud Investigations (False Claims Act, Stark Law)
  • Criminal Defense (Defending Against Fraud Charges)
  • Federal Criminal Trials Relating to Medicare Fraud, Controlled Substances

Do you have concerns about healthcare fraud or are seeking advice about a defense matter? Call former Justice Department prosecutors for a free and confidential case assessment.

Defending Las Vegas Clients Against Current Nevada Fraud Investigations

Las Vegas Healthcare Fraud Defense Attorneys

Our Las Vegas government investigation attorneys are prepared to represent physicians and healthcare executives in cases involving allegations of Medicare Fraud (18 U.S.C. 1347), Medicaid Fraud, as well as violations of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 841), the Anti-Kickback Statute (42 U.S.C. 1320a-7 b), the Stark Law Statute (42 U.S.C. 1395 nn), and the federal False Claims Act (31 U.S.C. 3729-3733).

  • Controlled Substances Act. Any practitioner who regularly prescribes pain medication must understand that they are closely watched. Federal agents look at dispensing and prescription records, and policies, to find mistakes and deviations from legal statutes. Do you have compliance concerns or is your practice is on the government’s radar? Contact the Las Vegas government defense lawyers at Oberheiden, P.C. We offer free and competent advice regarding your situation. Former DOJ lawyers will answer your questions and, if needed, guide you through the process to keep your license and reputation clear. Or, defend your interests in court.
  • Nevada Medicare Fraud. Medicare and Medicaid Fraud have always been top enforcement priorities throughout Nevada. These efforts are strengthened because Nevada prosecutors receive more resources and support from Washington D.C. to intensify investigations and bring charges against business owners and providers. Generally speaking, all providers and facilities in Nevada accepting Medicare patients should be on alert. They should also have experts review their Medicare and billing compliance. The following business types are especially exposed:
      • Home healthcare agencies,
      • Hospice agencies,
      • DME companies,
      • Las Vegas pharmacies,
      • Toxicology labs, and
      • Rehabilitation centers.

    If you are in one of these industries or if you are accused of Medicare Fraud, you must act quickly. Penalties are severe and the best defense is a team of experienced defense lawyers with a winning history in Medicare and Medicaid fraud defense cases cases. Call our Las Vegas government investigation attorney today to find out how we can help you. Let us develop a defense strategy that works.

  • ZPIC Audits. ZPIC audits are often the first step of a fraud investigation. There are several types of Medicare audits. In general, Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) and Recovery Audit Contractors (RACs) work to identify improper payments through a process of reviewing and analyzing claims data. They also pay attention to medical records obtained from the member/provider. Many times this involves a statistical sampling of files in order to establish an error rate. Another type of Medicare audit is conducted by the Zone Program Integrity Contractors (ZPICs). ZPIC audits identify and stop potential fraud and refer these cases to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Office of Inspector General (OIG). The risk with Medicare audits is that a mishandled audit can lead to a referral to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The team at Oberheiden, P.C. can help avoid this. Former Department of Justice prosecutors with first-hand knowledge safely lead clients through the audit. We make sure they can continue their business with no need to worry about their license or a government inquiry.
  • Kickbacks & Bribery Accusations. The Anti-Kickback Statute remains among the most heavily enforced fraud statutes in Las Vegas. Medical providers and business owners in Nevada are often accused of non-compliance with the AKS. There are two types of investigations. One, business owners receive a subpoena to produce certain financial documents. If you receive such a request, you should call Oberheiden, P.C. We have helped clients from all industries across the nation avoid criminal charges. Our ability to convince the government that joint ventures or other business arrangements are covered by an exception to the AKS help avoid fault as well. Two, if you or your business face accusations of an AKS criminal violation mistakes in your defense strategy can cost you your freedom. Are you seeking compliance advice or need help defending a financial relationship between a referring provider and a facility? Let the Las Vegas civil investigative demand attorney at Oberheiden, P.C. find your best option. Calls are free, confidential, and answered by senior lawyers.
  • The False Claims Act. What makes the False Claims Act (FCA) so popular among federal prosecutors? Unlike a violation of the Controlled Substances Act or Medicare Fraud statutes, the FCA does not require the government to prove intent. To be liable, the government need only show that a claim was filed and the claimant should have known it was fraudulent. Charges for a False Claims Act violation contain severe penalties. The Las Vegas civil investigative demand lawyer at Oberheiden, P.C. has a history of resolving the majority of FCA and civil healthcare fraud cases with neither civil, nor criminal judgements against our clients. Call our healthcare fraud defense lawyer for a free and confidential case assessment.

Important FAQs Regarding Healthcare Fraud Investigations in Las Vegas, Nevada

Q: What Are the Penalties for Healthcare Fraud?

 

The penalties for federal healthcare fraud depend on the underlying statute. In civil cases (e.g. False Claims Act, Stark Law), the government may ask for a repayment. In criminal cases (Controlled Substances Act, Medicare Fraud), the penalties can include:

  • Up to 10 years of federal imprisonment for each count of healthcare fraud
  • Up to 20 years of federal imprisonment for each count involving serious bodily injury
  • A life sentence for healthcare fraud resulting in a fatality

Q: Who Can Help Me When My Practice Is Accused of Fraud?

 

When fraud allegations come up, many people turn to criminal defense lawyers. While that may be a normal reaction, the question is: does a federal criminal defense lawyer understand the nuances of healthcare law? That seems a normal reaction, but you should ask yourself a few questions.

  • Who can make a compelling presentation?
  • Who can educate healthcare fraud prosecutors?
  • Who can convince a jury that you did not break any rules and regulations?

We think attorneys who spend every day defending medical providers and businesses against government fraud accusations can best offer knowledge, negotiation experience, and trial skills. When you call Oberheiden, P.C., you will speak to senior attorneys and former DOJ prosecutors right away. You will not be walled off by paralegals or assistants. We begin work promptly on each new case because we know that time is on the government’s side, not yours.

Facing A Federal Investigation in Las Vegas? Clients Trust Oberheiden, P.C.

Our healthcare fraud defense lawyers are available to begin working on your case today. To speak with our Las Vegas federal healthcare fraud defense attorney in confidence, please call 702-213-9490 or request a free case evaluation online now.

 

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