Healthcare fraud has become a new target of federal prosecutors with the passing of the health care bill last year and the heightened media attention the healthcare industry has received. At Dwane Cates Law Group, PLLC, our Phoenix healthcare fraud attorneys are handling more and more of these cases each and every year. It is a serious offense to be charged with and many times it is due to a simple misunderstanding or a technical billing error. However small the error may seem to you, it more than likely attracted the attention of federal investigators who honed in on your practice. Being charged with healthcare fraud is a nerve-wracking experience due to the dire consequences that not only mean the possibility of losing your medical license, but also up to ten years in federal prison.
Types of Healthcare Fraud
Healthcare fraud by doctors and health care professions can occur in a number of ways, often unintentionally due to new terminology and coding systems which are often confusing. Healthcare fraud typically occurs when doctors or other health professionals lie to insurance companies about specific medical procedures in order to receive more money from the company. Healthcare fraud is now a federal criminal offense due to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, punishable by up to 10 years.