Health care fraud cases in Florida are diverse and vary in complexity, targeting both public and private health insurance plans. Such schemes include:
- Billing for services not rendered
- Billing for services not medically necessary
- Double billing for services provided
- Upcoding (e.g., billing for a more highly reimbursed service or product than the one provided)
- Unbundling (e.g., billing separately for groups of laboratory tests performed together in order to get a higher reimbursement)
- Fraudulent cost reporting by institutional providers
Kickbacks in return for referring patients or influencing the provision of health care are other common schemes. The anti-kickback statute prohibits the payment of kickbacks for the purpose of inducing the referral of services which are paid for by federal health care programs. Kickbacks corrupt the decision making of medical providers, placing profit above patient welfare. They can lead to grossly inappropriate medical care, including unnecessary hospitalization, surgery, tests, and equipment.
Other types of schemes include providing services by untrained personnel, failing to supervise unlicensed personnel, distributing unapproved devices or drugs and creating phony health insurance companies or employee benefits plans.
The following law enforcement agencies investigate health care fraud:
- City, County, State and Federal Law Enforcement Agencies
- Justice Department through the Assistant
- U.S. Attorney Generals Office
- Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
- Postal Inspectors
- Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
- Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
- Offices of Inspectors General (OIG)
- U.S. Department of Labor
Whether you or a loved one has been arrested or are under investigation for healthcare fraud, it is critical to consult with an experienced Miami attorney as soon as possible to ensure that your rights are protected. You need the counsel of an experienced lawyer to guide you through the process and maximize your chances of resolving your case with a favorable outcome.
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