Healthcare Fraud Attorney
Fraudulent healthcare billing is drawing increased scrutiny from the Federal Government. As the population collectively ages, the need for healthcare is greater now than it has been in this country, and as a result, more and more people are looking for ways to obtain healthcare despite an environment of skyrocketing costs.
Insurance fraud attorneys at The Blanch Law Firm aggressively defend those who face government investigations or formal indictments of healthcare fraud and other white collar offenses. Our team can intervene early in order to secure the best possible result for you or your organization. We defend hospitals, physicians, pharmacists and others who may be involved in healthcare fraud litigation.
Healthcare Fraud Violations
Allegations of healthcare fraud generally include one or more of the following charges: Medicaid fraud, Medicare fraud, equipment fraud or fraudulent billing practices. Insurance fraud investigations are intrusive and penalties can be quite severe. If you or someone you know is facing a healthcare fraud charge, Contact the healthcare fraud attorneys at The Blanch Law Firm to begin building your defense strategy.
Recipient/Patient Healthcare Fraud
Recipient fraud is generally tied to Medicaid benefits, which is basically healthcare funded by the taxpayers. However, there are other forms of recipient fraud, and each goes towards the same end – obtaining healthcare without paying for it or recording it properly. Examples of recipient or patient healthcare fraud include:
- Forging an insurance or benefits card
- Allowing another person to use an insurance or benefits card
- Forging or altering a prescription
- Re-selling prescription drugs or other materials received from medical care
There are other acts that can constitute healthcare fraud in New York, but those above are quite common in nature.
Provider Healthcare Fraud
Healthcare providers have also been ensnared in charges of healthcare fraud over the years, and these actions are generally involving the following:
- Billing for services not provided
- Unnecessary procedures
- Duplicate billing
- Adding time to a time-driven bill
- Unnecessary tests
Again, these are only a few examples, but the common variable that’s present is that the provider or healthcare facility is hoping to generate additional revenue or even receive kickbacks from insurance companies or even individuals.
Overall, healthcare fraud can be charged as a felony depending on the amount of fraud involved, and those convicted can face not only substantial fines but lengthy periods of incarceration. If you face this situation, contact the Blanch Law Firm as soon as possible to schedule an initial consultation.