In health care fraud and Medicare/Medicaid fraud cases, the prosecution must prove that the party knew that his or her claim or action was fraudulent. Each allegation requires significant research and investigation to demonstrate that there was no fraudulent intent. Due to the complexity of Medicare and Medicaid rules, errors are routine and common. A billing error can appear to be intentional fraud until it is properly investigated.
Whether allegations arise in federal court or state court, Haas Law represents individuals and businesses in Florida charged with health care fraud or Medicare/Medicaid fraud, including doctors, dentists, pharmacists, medical billers, employees, hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, laboratories, and medical suppliers. Avoiding charges altogether and protecting your professional license is our goal.
In Medicare and Medicaid fraud cases, we represent individuals charged with unlawfully receiving benefits. Typical issues in these cases include falsifying information, forging prescriptions, and selling equipment or medicine received through the programs. Whether the allegations involve falsifying invoices, overbilling, double billing, receiving kickbacks, unnecessary procedures and surgeries, or HIPAA violations, at Haas Law, we know how to challenge these charges and we have successfully defended against them.
Penalties to defend against include prison terms as long as life in prison if someone died as a result of the fraud, suspension or revocation of your professional license, and you could face fines and years of probation.
We also represent health care professionals and organizations concerned with overbilling, inadequate patient consent, and false billing for surgical procedures. Simultaneous and concurrent surgical procedures can be littered with billing and ethical issues. They can give rise to lawsuits under the False Claims Act. Auditing these procedures, medical records, observing surgical procedures, and examining a doctor’s presence at “critical parts” of the surgery – all through the lens of a former federal prosecutor – can actually increase surgical efficiency and avoid compliance issues. An example of where medical practices can potentially run afoul can be found in the case of Dr. David Samadi who allegedly conducted two surgeries simultaneously on hundreds of occasions – a routine that colleagues said many patients did not know about.