Billing and coding are extremely complicated areas of the law. Coding errors and simple misunderstandings can lead to severe adverse consequences, including allegations of fraud. In recent years, the federal government has taken a much more aggressive approach toward identifying and stopping alleged fraudulent practices, and has teamed up with state and local governments in pursuing investigations and enforcement activities. Now more than ever, healthcare practitioners must be vigilant and avoid mistakes that could inadvertently put their practices at risk for Medicare and Medicaid audits and fines, or expose them personally to licensing investigations, fines, or even imprisonment.
We help physicians, other healthcare professionals, and physician practices avoid the appearance of impropriety by offering comprehensive litigation-prevention counsel. When fraud and abuse audits, investigations, audits, and other proceedings arise, we draw on our trial and negotiation experience to provide a strong defense.
Among recent matters, our lawyers have:
- Represented clients in dozens of Medicare and Medicaid fraud criminal trials
- Represented clients before federal, state, and administrative agencies in numerous hearings involving licensing, DEA participation, Medicare and Medicaid participation, and other issues
- Defended clients in — and negotiated favorable solutions to — a broad range of Federal False Claims Act claims and proceedings