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Puerto Rico Healthcare Fraud Defense Lawyers

Healthcare providers in Puerto Rico face the same federal oversight as providers on the U.S. mainland. Audits and investigations can lead to substantial penalties; and, in order to avoid these penalties, providers need to know how to defend themselves effectively.

Fraud, waste, and abuse are pervasive in our modern healthcare system. Each year, Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare, and Veterans Affairs (VA) lose billions of taxpayer dollars due to fraudulent overbillings, and the federal government has attributed much of the nation’s current opioid problem to over-prescription and medication diversion by healthcare providers. As a result, despite the critical role providers play in our healthcare system, they are now squarely within the federal government’s crosshairs. Audits, investigations, takedowns, and prosecutions are the norm, and providers across Puerto Rico are suddenly finding themselves fighting to stay out of prison.

Are you facing a federal healthcare fraud audit or investigation in Puerto Rico? If so, our federal healthcare fraud defense lawyers can help you avoid life-altering and practice-threatening consequences due to being charged with criminal fraud. We have protected the majority of our clients against federal charges, and we also have a proven track record of helping our clients avoid fines and prison time post-indictment. While we cannot guarantee what the federal government will do, what we can guarantee is this: We will rely on our attorneys’ centuries of combined experience on both sides of federal healthcare fraud cases to protect you to the fullest extent possible.

I would recommend Nick Oberheiden and his team in a heartbeat. I was facing a legal issue that was promptly resolved by the firm. Highly recommend the expertise of the staff. Thank you.
Kirtan 2.
Kirtan 2.
Nick has been there since the beginning. Throughout this experience he has had made me feel like my case is his most important. He excels in his area of law and I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone that needs assistance. I am honored to have had him help me through this period.
j A.
j A.
Quick response, very knowledgeable, passionate, with a caring team with real experiencewith the same federal agencies that I was corresponding with (Roger Bach!) thus making all the legal concerns understandable. I would recommend to any other health care professional or would use Nick Oberheiden again if ever needed.... Thank you!read more
Shaunna R.
Shaunna R.
I am compelled to recommend Nick Oberheiden after dealing with many blood thirsty attorneys. Nick was extremely responsive, knowledgeable, and trustworthy. His expertise and relationships in the realm of federal healthcare is great. I wish I would have called him sooner. If you are facing a federal investigation... or suit, make Nick the first call you make. He really cares and is looking out for his clients best interest. His expertise has allowed my situation that seemed so daunting to be very manageable.read more
Lisa K.
Lisa K.
I found myself in an unfortunate situation with the federal government. I hired Nick Oberheiden as my attorney and it has been a life saving decision. His expertise and knowledge along with his commitment is superior and of utmost importance in federal cases. Nick has kept his word throughout this stressful process... and helped me receive the best possible outcome. You will not regret hiring Nick and his law firm to defend you!!!read more
Amir K.
Amir K.
Over the past decade I have plenty of experience with health care and federal attorneys. The one that has stood by far above and beyond the most intelligent, thoughtful, straight-forward, and strategic in defense and actions has been Nick Oberheiden. Nick has achieved results that others claim they could not. He has... taken on circumstances that felt as if not winnable, and worked to create a positive outcome. Nick has become a rock and support person through my troubling time and a beacon of hope and action that things will come out in the best possible manner. There is no attorney that I could support more then Dr. Oberheiden.read more
Matt H.
Matt H.
Dr Nick Oberheiden is a truly excellent attorney in every way! He’s knowledgeable and responds to all phone calls and emails swiftly. He is concise, and puts information in understandable terms. He is happy to explain and clarify any confusing matters or material. He will put your mind at ease immediately. For me,... it was like a superhero was protecting and helping me through what was one of the most stressful situations of my professional life! Nick is worth every single bit of the five star rating from me, and from other clients who have given him five star reviews as well!read more
Katherine R.
Katherine R.
We needed legal service and advise, Nick Oberheiden made a bad situation better. Prompt service, responded to email , and phone calls, addressed the problem professionally and on time. Would highly recomend them.
John P.
John P.
I have conferred and worked with Nick on several healthcare fraud defense cases, representing doctors, laboratory/pharmacy owners, durable medical equipment providers and marketing companies all investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice. Nick's level of expertise when it comes to the intricacies of medicare... billing, operational regulations and corporate structure is unmatched. His experience and knowledge, combined with his high-level contacts within the Department of Justice, nationwide, make him an invaluable resource to anyone who finds themselves being investigated or audited by the Government. Nick is easy to communicate with, and goes above and beyond to make himself available to his clients and colleagues in their time of need.read more
Joseph N.
Joseph N.
From the moment we walked into Nick’s office, he made us feel safe and secure. Nick exemplifies kindness and compassion for his clients, qualities that I have found rare with attorneys. Nicks passion and expertise in Healthcare and Law are unrivaled.I strongly encourage and recommend others to use Nick.... Professionally, Nick is a Genius!read more
Shawn C.
Shawn C.
As a former supervising investigator with a large New York State agency investigating health care fraud, I have conferred with many defense attorneys over my thirty-year career. I can honestly say that I was not impressed with many of them, that is, until I met Dr. Nick Oberheiden. Not only is he an exceptional... attorney, who provides his clients with expert strategic legal guidance, he is highly regarded for his extraordinary character and integrity. Nick is extremely ethical and always has his clients' best interests at heart. Today, I am proud, honored and privileged to work with Nick in assisting him with his clients' needs, whether it is to determine if they have any criminal liability or to proactively establish a compliance program to prevent them from falling victim to any government audit/investigation. Nick works very efficiently - saving his clients time and money. So, if you are looking for an attorney to represent you or to offer you expert guidance, don't hesitate and contact Dr. Nick Oberheiden. You'll be glad you did!read more
Greg M.
Greg M.
I was a federal agent for over 30 years and have worked with many of the most successful DOJ and DoD attorneys. Dr. Oberheiden leads a team made up of the best former Federal, State, local attorneys and investigators that can quickly assess any type of federal legal matter. The collective knowledge and experience of... Dr. Oberheiden and his "Dream Team" have yielded successful outcomes in a significant number of federal legal matters which have benefited his clients time and time again! He and his team are determined to work each case to anticipate a prosecutor's case strategy and identity weaknesses in that strategy. Dr. Oberheiden is a relentless legal strategist that has earned him his favorable reputation among the legal community nationwide! If you want a reliable and results-oriented lawyer working for you, Oberheiden P.C. has my highest recommendation and confidence!read more
MICHAEL K.
MICHAEL K.
During the past year, i had the privilege to work alongside Dr. Nick Oberheiden as a team-member defending the owners of a specialty pharmacy being investigated by the HHS-OIG and the USDOJ. Thanks to Nick's leadership, knowledge and expertise, "Team Oberheiden" earned the pharmacy and its owners exoneration from... criminal and civil penalties. Case closed!read more
bill T.
bill T.
Excellent lawyer! I have been very happy with his legal services and highly recommend Dr. Nick Oberheiden.
Jakob S.
Jakob S.
Nick was extremely professional, polite, helpful, and friendly. He put my friend at ease and made us feel welcome to be with her. He answered our questions even though we were just there for support. Would definitely recommend him to anyone and would use myself if ever needed.
Jamie G
Jamie G
Nick is not smart, he is BRILLIANT! He knows the proceedings of the court extremely well and is a genius when working with prosecutors and judges!He is extremely hard working, and although I knew he was working on multiple cases, every time we dealt with mine, he made me feel that my case is the most important to... him. I will most certainly not be where I am, had it not been for Nick. I had worked with a couple of lawyers before Nick came so highly recommended to me, and I can tell you that he simply light years above them. Nick bats for the big leagues!!read more
Lorraine Emma De B.
Lorraine Emma De B.
I am a retired FBI Special Agent, who worked extensively with many attorneys. I find Dr. Oberheiden ti be very knowledgeable of the healthcare issues. He has a vast knowledge of all federal violations. He is very conscientious about the benefits of his clients. I saw him working around the continent of North America... to assist his clients. One of the great traits of the Oberheiden Law Firm, is that he tackles the allegations long before they reach the court stage. His capable staff is also very qualified and assist all clients as if they are the only client in their firm. I strongly recommend the Oberheiden Law Firm to anyone who has a federal case.read more
Gamal A.
Gamal A.
Nick is extremely professional and knows what he is doing. He is also very kind as a person (unless he is in court!) I would recommend him to just about anyone if they need an amazing lawyer that is top notch and would frankly be scary to face in the court room. He will always do a great job representing his clients.... Thank you very much.read more
Anna P.
Anna P.
Nick is the absolute top expert in any federal case
Jeff C.
Jeff C.
Smart. Smarter. Nick.As a healthcare executive, I once ran into a litigation issue. I hired Nick and, literally, before I knew it the case was resolved in my favor. Nick has an incredible presence and every lawyer in the room knows that Nick will do exactly what he says. It was a mesmerizing experience to see Nick in... action! Very calm and determined, Nick is the absolute top litigator.read more
Whitney Bryant M.
Whitney Bryant M.
Nick has been a friend and trusted advisor for almost 10 years. As anyone just looking at his bio can tell, Nick is an outstanding attorney in highest demand across the country. All healthcare providers should hire attorney Nick Oberheiden!! You will not be disappointed.
Pamela M.
Pamela M.
Dr. Oberheiden has served as council and represented our company on several occasions, even during depositions, contract reviews and providing invaluable advice on multiple occasions that transpired into multilevel success in our business. He and his teams knowledge of both local, state and federal statues,... accompanied by their areas of expertise law regarding best asset protection, estate planning and wealth management solutions have provided both professional and personal growth for my companies, safeguarding them and protection my family’s name and legacy. I would recommend this firm and Dr. Nick Oberheiden without hesitation. I have no doubt that you will experience success with his council.read more
Corban M.
Corban M.
I have worked with Nick Oberheiden for over ten years on various litigation matters in and around New York City. Nick is an accomplished and seasoned lawyer and litigator---efficient, reliable, practical and, at the same time, highly academic. Nick will take the time necessary to understand a client's short- and... long-term goals, and tailor his representation and advice to work toward and achieve those ends. Nick is a zealous advocate for his client, and will never sacrifice his client's interests for a quick or easy resolution to a case. At the end of the day, Nick is a great person to know if you or your business is in need of a top litigator or defense attorney.read more
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Brendan C.
When I was faced with one of the most terrifying and unexpected situations in my life, I called Dr. Oberheiden. I had vetted other attorneys and came right back to him. His knowledge, expertise, and reassuring presence made the decision easy. Throughout my case, his level of communication was what I needed and... expected. He constantly updated me on the status and progress of my case and was able to “talk me off the ledge” when the stress of it all would set in. He is simply the best of the best...there’s not a question about it.read more
Scarlett L.
Scarlett L.
Nick is a superb lawyer with exceptional skills and a formidable personality. Nick works harder, he thinks smarter, and he delivers faster than any lawyer you will ever find. Good, better, Nick!
Jacqueline S.
Jacqueline S.
1st class service. Atty. Iberheiden and Atty. Lynette Byrd were always available for us during the whole process of our Home Health Audit. Thank you so much!
Ed O.
Ed O.
I am a healthcare compliance consultant with almost 25 years of experience. The one advice I have for anyone seeking a lawyer with unbeatable healthcare law experience is to hire attorney Nick Oberheiden. For the past 8 years, I have worked with Nick on a variety of healthcare matters—from DEA compliance to DOL... supervisory rules to setting up PT and pain management clinics. I have never once seen a client not being 100% intrigued by Nick’s proven expertise in the field of healthcare structuring and compliance.Dr. S.T.read more
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RAFT C.
Nick Oberheiden is a spectacular lawyer, a true life saver. Nick is simply the very best!
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Michael P
Nick Oberheiden is the absolute best federal litigation attorney. Nick gives you the immediate comfort of feeling 100% protected. He is polite, respectful— and extremely compelling. His legal strategy turned out to be brilliant.
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15 Keys to Success When Facing a Federal Healthcare Fraud Audit or Investigation in Puerto Rico

5 Key Facts about Facing a Healthcare Fraud Audit or Investigation

1. Providers Can Be Charged for Intentional and Unintentional Billing Fraud

In federal healthcare fraud matters, ignorance is not a defense. Even if you (or one of your employees) unknowingly overbilled Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare, or the VA, you can still be charged with civil violations of the False Claims Act and the Anti-Kickback Statute. The Stark Law also imposes civil penalties for physicians who engage in prohibited referral transactions related to designated health services regardless of whether they were aware their actions violated federal law.

2. Audits and Investigations Can Ultimately Lead to the Same Outcomes

While audits and investigations are very different inquiries that involve very different standards and procedures, the end result can ultimately be the same. If an auditor concludes that a practice or business has overbilled the government, it can (and may be obligated to) refer the provider to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for civil or criminal prosecution. As a result, Puerto Rico healthcare providers must treat audits and investigations with equal care, and they must execute comprehensive defense strategies focused on fighting all of the allegations against them.

Put our highly experienced team on your side

Dr. Nick Oberheiden
Dr. Nick Oberheiden

Founder

Attorney-at-Law

John W. Sellers
John W. Sellers

Former Senior Trial Attorney
U.S. Department of Justice

Local Counsel

Joanne Fine DeLena
Joanne Fine DeLena

Former Assistant U.S. Attorney

Local Counsel

Joe Brown
Joe Brown

Former U.S. Attorney & Former District Attorney

Local Trial & Defense Counsel

Amanda Marshall
Amanda Marshall

Former U.S. Attorney

Local Counsel

Aaron L. Wiley
Aaron L. Wiley

Former Federal Prosecutor

Local Counsel

Roger Bach
Roger Bach

Former Special Agent (OIG)

Michael Koslow
Michael Koslow

Former Supervisory Special Agent (FBI)

Chris Quick
Chris Quick

Former Special Agent (FBI & IRS-CI)

Kevin M. Sheridan
Kevin M. Sheridan

Former Special Agent (FBI)

Ray Yuen
Ray Yuen

Former Supervisory Special Agent (FBI)

Dennis A. Wichern
Dennis A. Wichern

Former Special Agent-in-Charge (DEA)

3. Trying to Be “Helpful” to Auditors or Investigators

While you may have an obligation to produce your practice’s billing records or provide other information in response to a subpoena or civil investigative demand (CID), handing over evidence when you are not legally required to do so is a mistake. There are certain circumstances in which it can make sense to voluntarily disclose information; however, the decision to do so needs to be made strategically and with the advice of legal counsel.

4. Ignoring the Audit or Investigation

Ignoring the audit or investigation, assuming it will “go away,” and waiting to see how the inquiry progresses before seeking legal representation are all common mistakes as well. If your Puerto Rico healthcare practice or medical business is facing scrutiny from federal authorities, protecting your practice – and yourself – needs to be your top priority.

5. Trying to Defend Your Practice Without Legal Advice

As a result of the complexity of the issues involved, the risks of facing civil or criminal charges, and the experience of the auditors or investigators who are looking into your practice or business, it is imperative that you seek legal representation immediately. In order to defend yourself to the fullest extent possible, you need to put experience on your side.

Are you accused of a federal crime?

Don't delay. Learn about your rights.

Call Dr. Nick Oberheiden now!

888-680-1745

5 Key Reasons Why Healthcare Providers in Puerto Rico and Nationwide Choose Oberheiden, P.C.

1. We are a Team of Senior Defense Attorneys and Former Federal Prosecutors

Our federal defense team is comprised entirely of senior defense attorneys and former federal prosecutors. Our practice is focused on federal defense with particular emphasis on healthcare fraud and related offenses, and we do not have junior associates or paralegals working on our clients’ cases. Throughout your case, you will work exclusively with our senior attorneys.

2. We have a Nationwide Presence

Our firm has a nationwide presence, and this allows us to effectively and efficiently represent clients in Puerto Rico. We have successfully defended healthcare providers and medical businesses across the country, and we use this vast experience to our clients’ advantage.

3. We have a Substantial Track Record of Securing Favorable Results for Our Clients

Our track record in federal healthcare fraud audits and investigations is substantial. We have secured favorable results in thousands of cases, with the majority of our clients never facing civil or criminal charges. In cases in which it has not been feasible to avoid charges (whether due to the provider’s delay in seeking legal representation or other factors), we have achieved favorable results both prior to and during trial.

4. We Focus on Securing Efficient and Discrete Pre-Charge Resolutions

While it is possible to successfully defend against charges of federal healthcare fraud (as our record shows), it is far less disruptive to resolve a federal inquiry before charges get filed. For this reason, we focus our efforts on securing favorable pre-charge resolutions for our clients. By getting involved in the process early and inserting ourselves into the audit or investigation, we are able to gain control of the process and work to steer it toward an efficient, positive, and discrete outcome.

5. We are Available When and Where Our Clients Need Us

Serving our clients is our top priority, and it shows in how we run our practice. Our clients have access to our senior attorneys 24/7, and we speak with our clients regularly during the stages at which their involvement is required. Whether we need to be on the ground in Puerto Rico or in any city across the United States, our attorneys will be there fully prepared to protect you and your practice or business.

Request a Free Assessment of Your Federal Healthcare Fraud Case in Puerto Rico

If you need legal representation for a federal healthcare fraud audit or investigation in Puerto Rico, we urge you to contact us promptly to discuss your case. To speak with one of our senior federal defense attorneys in confidence, call 888-680-1745 or tell us how we can reach you online now.

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