An Aggressive Defense Attorney For Florida Health Care Professionals
South Florida leads the country in the number of health care fraud charges brought by the federal government. Besides hefty fines and time in federal prison, charges of health care fraud can ruin the careers of doctors and other health care professionals. If you or someone you care about is facing charges of health care fraud, you need a capable attorney who can represent your best interests when facing off against federal prosecutors.
The Law Office of Ann Fitz defends doctors, health care specialists and other people involved in the medical industry from health care fraud charges. Ann Fitz is an aggressive and experienced federal white collar criminal defense lawyer who will defend you in 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 term that covers fraudulent schemes involving public and private health insurance plans. Anyone in the health care field can face accusations of fraud, including doctors, insurance companies, medical equipment vendors, contract carriers for Medicare and Medicaid, laboratories, hospitals, nursing homes and health care agencies.
Examples of health care fraud include:
- 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
In addition to health care fraud charges, doctors may also face tax and wire fraud charges. Attorney Ann Fitz defends her clients from every type of federal white collar crime, including clients who have multiple concurrent federal charges.
What Are The Penalties For Health Care Fraud?
Congress has specifically established health care fraud as a federal criminal offense with 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 lose their license.
Defend Your Future By Calling The Firm
Contact Ann Fitz if you are a medical professional charged with health care fraud in the Southern District of Florida. Attorney Fitz knows how crucial it is to protect your reputation and freedom.