Over the last several years, the federal government has intensified its efforts to prosecute hospice owners, their staff members, and affiliated physicians and nurses across the country. Our attorneys have closely monitored these developments as well as representing an increasing number of clients facing accusations of hospice care fraud. Comprised of former federal healthcare prosecutors and experienced healthcare fraud defense attorneys, The Criminal Defense Firm has established a proven track record of successfully defending clients against federal hospice fraud allegations.
In Focus: Federal Penalties for Hospice Fraud
Hospice fraud carries the possibility of both civil and criminal penalties. Like other forms of healthcare fraud, hospice fraud falls within the jurisdiction of the Office of Inspector General (OIG), the Department for Health and Human Services (HHS), the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). If convicted or found liable, targets of hospice fraud investigations can face the following penalties:
- Recoupment requests
- Non-payment of future claims
- Civil fines of up to $ 11,000 per false claim
- Exclusion from federal healthcare programs
- Treble damages
- Attorneys fees
- Criminal fines
- Incarceration in a federal prison
Defending Against Hospice Fraud: Building Your Defense Strategy
We approach hospice fraud cases differently from other law firms. We understand how important it is to take immediate action, and we waste no time in getting to work for our clients. Our extensive experience in healthcare law and our extensive industry knowledge allow us to hit the ground running. As a result, from the moment you hire our defense team, you can expect us to execute a defense strategy that only experienced defense attorneys and former federal healthcare prosecutors can bring to the table.
Defending Against Hospice Fraud: Our “Emergency Defense Package”
The Criminal Defense Firm’s “Emergency Defense Package” has been featured by media outlets across the country. It is a proven protocol designed to provide fast relief to clients under government investigation. Our “Emergency Defense Package” provides answers to your most pressing questions, including:
- Is the investigation civil or criminal?
- Should I talk to the government?
- Do I have a duty to talk to federal agents?
- What should I tell my employees?
- Can I continue my business?
- What happens next in my case?
Call us today to find out how our “Emergency Defense Package” can make a difference in your case.
Are You Under Investigation for Hospice Fraud? Contact The Criminal Defense Firm Now
If you are being investigated for hospice fraud or any other type of healthcare fraud involving a government benefit program (such as Medicare, Medicaid, or Tricare), you need an experienced defense team on your side. A federal investigation is a serious matter, and you need serious legal representation. To learn more about what the attorneys at The Criminal Defense Firm can do to protect you, call 866-603-4540 or request a free criminal defense evaluation now.
Dr. Nick Oberheiden is a national litigation and trial criminal defense attorney who practices exclusively in the area of federal law.