Medicare fraud is a very serious offense that can lead to jail time, loss of business and professional licenses, as well as severe fines and penalties.
Charged With Medicare Fraud?
Advice and representation by a Medicare fraud attorney is essential to protecting your rights and your livelihood. Hugh James McDonnell and The Florida Practice provide Medicare fraud defense that is based on a solid understanding of Federal healthcare laws and criminal defense.
We represent individuals, businesses, and clinics that are facing Medicare fraud charges, building highly specialized defense strategies against civil and criminal charges.
HEAT Hits Florida
Florida is under increased government scrutiny and aggressive prosecution of Medicare fraud. The federal government has increased resources and has undertaken an aggressive approach toward identifying and combating Medicare fraud through the Health Care Fraud Prevention and Enforcement Team (HEAT). HEAT is a multi-agency taskforce comprised of the FBI, Department of Justice, and Health and Human Services charged with preventing waste, fraud, and abuse within the Medicare systems.
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The result has been in increase in the number and severity of Medicare fraud charges and indictments in Florida. Just at the time that it has become increasingly more difficult to navigate Medicare claims and billing, there are more inspectors available to catch what are often unintentional errors.
Types of Medicare Fraud Issues
Medicare fraud revolves around the receipt of funds for services or supplies that were never received. Examples include:
- False invoicing or providing false information
- Billing for services or equipment not provided
- Overutilization of certain medical procedures or services
- Billing unbundled services
Mr. McDonnell is a Medicare fraud defense attorney who has experience defending individuals and institutions against all of these allegations.
Consequences of Medicare Fraud Allegations
Being accused of Medicare fraud can have catastrophic consequences for individuals and businesses or clinics. If you are accused of Medicare fraud, you may find yourself on the receiving end of DEA raids, a federal indictment, expulsion from the Medicare program, state licensing sanctions, and DEA registration suspension or revocation.
Convictions for Medicare fraud carry with them extensive fines, jail time and removal from Medicare programs. You may face criminal charges, along with licensing sanctions and loss of hospital staff privileges, in addition to other penalties. These repercussions may apply even if a provider is not convicted of Medicare fraud.
Medicare fraud is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law by highly experienced and specialized prosecutors. Early representation by an experienced Medicare fraud attorney is vital to protect you from the most severe of consequences.
Medicare Fraud Defense From An Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney
Did you know that many Medicare investigations start out as civil investigations but often lead to criminal charges? Defense against these criminal accusations is just one reason why it is so important to hire an attorney experienced in Medicare fraud defense as early as possible.
Your defense starts with a thorough analysis of the evidence against you. Then we conduct our own investigations and undertake a review of health care and Medicare law. Our understanding of complex compliance issues, medical necessity, medical billing practices, and administrative practices help us to build a strong Medicare fraud defense on your behalf.
Hugh McDonnell draws on his wealth of experience defending those accused of a crime, as well as his career experience as a state criminal prosecutor to build a defense strategy that is comprehensive and effective. Our goal is always to have all civil and criminal charges against you dropped.
Providing You With Navigation Through Complex Laws
Sometimes, the biggest challenges in Medicare fraud cases are understanding the evidence against you and the resulting charges. Mr. McDonnell will guide you through the entire process from start to finish, making sure you understand the charges against you, how they came about and helping you evaluate your options so that you are able to decide on a course of action.
Unfamiliarity with the complex and ever-changing laws surrounding Medicare is to blame for many allegations of fraud. Mr. McDonnell’s understanding of these laws, coupled with his investigative and defense strategies, could help in the defense of the charges against you a great deal.
Contact The Florida Practice For Medicare Fraud Defense From Attorney Hugh James McDonnell
If you have received a letter of inquiry from the U.S. Attorneys Office or been charged with Medicare Fraud in Florida, contact The Florida Practice at 888-422-4200. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to discuss your situation and offer free, confidential consultations.