Health Care Fraud Costs the U.S. Billions Each Year

Health Care Fraud Costs the U.S. Billions Each Year

The Department of Justice (DOJ) estimates that health care fraud costs the United States tens of billions of dollars each year. Indeed, some estimate that costs exceed $100 billion a year.

The Rise of Health Care Fraud

In response to the growing frequency and complexity of health care fraud schemes, prosecutors and law enforcement officials began some years ago to aggressively pursue dramatic punishments against those charged with the crime. Federal statutes are in place to coordinate federal, state, and local law enforcement efforts to identify and prosecute health care fraud.

In 2009 the Health Care Fraud Prevention & Enforcement Action Team (HEAT) was created in an effort to further enhance collaboration and combine tools and resources between the DOJ and investigative agencies. The number one stated mission of HEAT is: “To marshal significant resources across government to prevent waste, fraud and abuse in the Medicare and Medicaid programs and crack down on the fraud perpetrators who are abusing the system and costing us all billions of dollars.”

Learn more about the DOJ’s Health Care Fraud Unit here.

Criminal Charges for Health Care Fraud

Criminal charges for health care fraud are prosecuted aggressively. If you have been accused Medicare fraud you need an attorney experienced in handing health care fraud cases who can combat aggressive prosecutors. As a former health care fraud prosecutor with the United States Attorney’s Office, Ashley D. Adams understands the tactics and procedures the government will use to obtain a conviction. Contact Ashley D. Adams, PLC for a free case evaluation.

Health Care Fraud Prosecutions

Medicare fraud is the most common of all health care fraud prosecutions. It involves the investigation and prosecution of individuals and organizations who are accused of defrauding public health care systems, including Medicare and Medicaid.

Medicare fraud is a white collar crime and is committed when a person or organization defrauds the Medicare system in order to obtain funds or services. The most common types of Medicare fraud committed by health care providers include false billing, over-billing, billing for services not rendered, or for the same procedure multiple times, or billing for phantom patients.

Medicare fraud committed by individuals is usually to obtain medical benefits to which they are not entitled, and may include providing false information on applications, lying about injuries or age, or committing identity theft by using another person’s name or social security number.

Medicare Fraud Defense Attorney

Allegations of health care fraud can cause significant damage to your personal and professional reputation. Conviction of Medicare fraud or other health care fraud can result in harsh penalties, fines, even imprisonment. We have the experience and the resources to protect your rights and establish the best possible defense against aggressive prosecution.

Contact us or call now (480) 219-1366 for a free 30-minute consultation. Have your questions answered and obtain the peace of mind that comes from having a former Assistant U.S. Attorney on your side.

The attorneys at Ashley D. Adams, PLC handles federal criminal cases throughout the United States, including Arizona, Oklahoma, Utah, and California.