When it comes to healthcare fraud, these cases can result in significant repercussions which can have a major impact on providers. We recently discussed some of the consequences of these cases in a blog post, such as significant penalties and even prison sentences. However, some physicians find themselves facing these charges even though they are completely innocent. Nonetheless, there is a harsh stigma surrounding these allegations and they can shatter a physician’s career if the charges are not handled appropriately. Whether you are being investigated by the government or a whistleblower has threatened to file suit, it is imperative to protect your practice.
From unnecessary treatments to patients claiming that they were billed for appointments that never took place, there are a host of reasons why these claims can surface. It is very important to immediately review the details of the allegations and try to figure out what may have happened. Sometimes, these cases arise over an employee’s mistakes while entering information. Or, the entire case may be the result of someone’s deceitful attempt to gain access to compensation that they do not deserve and bring a medical professional’s career to a halt.
If you are being investigated due to allegations of healthcare fraud, preserving documents and seeking experienced counsel is vital. A thorough investigation should be conducted and you should develop a firm understanding of the options you have as well as the way in which the case will be approached. False allegations of healthcare fraud can be very frustrating and disheartening, but handling them properly is crucial with so much at stake.