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 health care industry has received. At Ryan Garvey Attorneys, our Phoenix 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 health care 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 10 years in federal prison.
Health care 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. Health care 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. Health care fraud is now a federal criminal offense due to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, punishable by up to 10 years.
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