An Aggressive Federal Defense Attorney For Health Care Professionals
South Florida leads the country in the number of fraud charges brought against health care professionals by the federal government. Besides hefty fines and time in federal prison, charges of fraud can ruin the careers of doctors and other health care professionals. If you or someone you care about is facing federal allegations of fraud, you need an experienced federal criminal attorney who knows how to fight for you against federal prosecutors.
Federal criminal lawyer Ann Fitz defends doctors, health care specialists and other people involved in the medical industry from fraud charges. Ms. Fitz is an aggressive and experienced federal white collar criminal defense attorney who will work tirelessly to defend you in and out of the courtroom. You can schedule your consultation with Ms. Fitz at the firm’s West Palm Beach office by calling 561-932-1690.
What Is Health Care Fraud?
Health care fraud is a broad category that covers fraudulent schemes involving public and private health insurance plans. Anyone in the medical field can face accusations of fraud, including doctors, insurance companies, pharmaceutical reps, medical equipment vendors, contract carriers for Medicare and Medicaid, laboratories, hospitals, nursing homes and health care agencies.
- Billing clients or insurance providers for unnecessary or unfulfilled services
- Misreporting the date, location or providers of medical services
- Unbundling, which is billing separately for each group of concurrent tests or procedures
- Forging or tampering with medical records
- Using kickbacks and bribes to influence health care decisions and referrals
- Having untrained employees provide health care services
What are the Penalties?
Congress has established that fraud related to the health care industry carries a statutory punishment of up to 10 years imprisonment and significant financial penalties. The False Claims Act (FCA) allows the federal government to pursue penalties of up to $10,000 for every false claim, with an addition of up to three times the damages for any damages. These fines can add up quickly, and medical professionals who are convicted of a crime will often lose their license.
Defend Your Interests By Calling Federal Criminal Lawyer Ann Fitz
Contact federal criminal attorney Ann Fitz if you are a medical professional under federal investigation or charged with fraud in West Palm Beach. Ms. Fitz knows how crucial it is to protect your reputation and freedom and knows how to fight against fraud charges.