Health Care Fraud
Health care fraud is a serious criminal offense, and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 makes it a federal crime, punishable by up to 10 years in prison. If you are the target of an investigation or have been charged, you need a skilled criminal defense lawyer in your corner.
At Conaway & Strickler, P.C., we have nearly 50 years of combined experience handling criminal cases in Atlanta and throughout the U.S. We represent health care practitioners, including doctors, nurse practitioners, therapists, clinics, hospitals, providers of medical equipment and billing companies facing criminal issues with the federal government related to:
- Overbilling for services
- Billing for services or tests not rendered
- Prescribing unnecessary or additional services in order to bill more
- Incorrectly reporting diagnoses, treatments or procedures to increase payments
- Unbundling billed services
- Using false billing codes
- Submitting duplicate claims
- Changing dates, services or names of patients on claims
- Altering medical records or reports
- Referral kickbacks or self-referrals
We also represent individual members of health care plans facing criminal issues such as:
- Submitting false information on applications or for medical services
- Forging prescriptions
- Making false claims
Extensive Experience, Zealous Defense Against Health Care Fraud Charges
We have a track record of success in federal court, and we do not back down against prosecutors. Through investigations, negotiations and trials, our attorneys fight for our clients and ensure that their best interests lead our strategies, which are precisely customized for each individual case that we handle.
Health care fraud may be investigated by the FBI, the state Attorney General’s office, U.S. Postal Service or the Office of the Inspector General. No matter what department your case is being pursued by, we can pursue your best possible outcome with vigor and professionalism.
Consequences Of Conviction
Whether for billing fraud or prescription fraud, you could be facing up to 10 years in prison, heavy fines, job loss and a permanently damaged reputation. A permanent criminal record will make the rest of your life very difficult. In addition to the criminal consequences, health care practitioners also face loss of their medical license and loss of business.
We take the time to understand how you got in this position, and we are prepared to help you resolve it reasonably and in your best interests. We are defense advocates, and we go to work for you right away.