Who Are The Targets Of Medicare Fraud Investigations In Detroit?
Medicare Fraud Defense Lawyers Serving Detroit Medical Professionals under Fraud Investigations
Former Medicare Prosecutors & Defense Counsel
The Oberheiden, P.C. channels the government experience and inside knowledge of former federal prosecutors to benefit its clients in Detroit, and nationwide, facing Medicare fraud investigations. Representing medical marketing groups, supply and equipment distributors, physicians, healthcare executives, business owners, laboratories, pharmacies, hospitals, DME companies, home healthcare and hospice care agencies, and other medical service providers across the United States and particularly in Detroit, we have helped hundreds of clients escape civil or criminal charges in investigations for improper billing, illegal kickbacks, and other forms of Medicare fraud.
Healthcare Investigations in Detroit
As one of nine United States cities selected to host a Medicare Fraud Strike Force, Detroit is under constant surveillance for Medicare fraud. And that increased federal scrutiny reaches out from Detroit to other areas of the state as well. While all participants in the Detroit healthcare industry face heightened scrutiny from federal investigators, some sectors are monitored more heavily than others. Any medical service provider or other healthcare professional that directly or indirectly conducts business with federal healthcare programs, such as Medicare, Tricare, or the Department of Labor, is under a spotlight from federal investigators. And certain segments of the Detroit healthcare industry are particularly at risk for audit or investigation including:
- Home Health Centers
- Hospice Care Centers
- Physician Owned Entities
- Hospitals and Surgery Centers
- Toxicology Laboratories
- Psychologists and Psychiatrists
- Marketing Groups
- Medical Device Companies
- Social Workers
Precautions to Take
Practitioners and business owners in the healthcare industry often underestimate the gravity of a Medicare fraud investigation and delay taking proactive measures to protect their interests. However, this decision is one of the biggest mistakes a person or company facing investigation can make.
First, providers should consider creating formal internal compliance and employee education programs. In many cases, providers find themselves under investigation because of easily avoidable employee or system errors. Although it is unlikely that these sorts of errors would lead to criminal liability (because of the intent requirement), such errors can still place costly civil liability on the provider. Therefore, it is important that providers are proactive in avoiding mistaken noncompliance. In doing so, they should rely on experienced legal counsel. Our team at Oberheiden, P.C. includes former Medicare fraud investigators and prosecutors with the experience to create and implement compliance programs that can help keep a provider out of investigation.
Second, early retention of legal counsel is one of the biggest determinants of the outcome of a Medicare fraud investigation – the sooner targets of an investigation hire a defense attorney, the more likely they are to avoid charges. For example, Medicare fraud investigations are often triggered by misunderstandings or inadvertent billing mistakes. An experienced defense attorney can help identify the legitimate causes of unintentional errors and explain them to investigators, which may lead to the investigators deciding not to bring charges against the target or bringing less charges than they otherwise would.
Oberheiden, P.C. boasts a long record of helping clients avoid charges as the result of a Medicare fraud investigation. We utilize our extensive background in healthcare law to analyze the problem areas that caused our clients to attract the attention of investigators. Our attorneys that come from the Department of Justice understand how to persuasively explain to investigators how mistakes were made and why our clients do not have the requisite intention to commit Medicare fraud.
If you or your business have been contacted by federal investigators, you need to contact an experienced healthcare defense attorney today. Oberheiden, P.C. has substantial experience in healthcare defense within Detroit, and our attorneys are available seven days a week – including weekends – to speak with you about your case. All consultations are free and confidential. Call us today.