What East Texas Home Health Care Centers Should Know About Fraud Investigations

Home Health Aide
Dr. Nick Oberheiden, Esq.
www.tylercriminallawyer.com
Direct: (903) 472-0000
Available on Weekends

Over the last several years, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has increasingly targeted home healthcare providers and hospice services. Consequently,  investigations into hospice fraud are on the rise across the country, especially in East Texas.  Such investigations may be initiated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), or the Office of the Inspector General (OIG).  While in the past such investigations were likely to be civil in nature and merely seek recoupment and fines, the recent trend among such agencies is to pursue incarceration of those defendants who are convicted.  Our years of experience in criminal defense and healthcare law convince us that this focus on hospice fraud will continue indefinitely.

In a recent example from Texas courts, six Texas health care providers were charged with multiple counts of Medicare fraud for submitting false claims for home health services.  The government alleged that the defendants certified beneficiaries for home health services even in circumstances where those patients did not qualify for the services and were not under the care of the submitting doctors.  The indictment further charges the defendants with paying kickbacks for home healthcare referrals. https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/two-dallas-area-doctors-and-four-others-charged-roles-134-million-medicare-fraud-scheme

Healthcare fraud cases focused on hospices allege serious criminal misconduct such as billing for medically unnecessary tests or medicines; falsifying records; paying kickbacks; providing false medical certifications or missing medical certifications; billing for patients who are deceased; and failing to release patients from hospice care once they are no longer terminal.

How We Can Help

At the Oberheiden Law Group, PLLC, our experienced team of defense counsel represent clients in East Texas and beyond accused of healthcare fraud, including those involved in providing home healthcare services. The strength of our firm is based on three prongs: our industry knowledge, our government experience, and our ability to keep investigations from becoming criminal.

  • Industry Knowledge. Our experienced team of attorneys is intimately familiar with the complexities of the home healthcare and hospice industries. We use our industry knowledge to both advise clients on how to structure their healthcare business legally so as to avoid investigations and also to defend them in the case that an investigation is initiated against them.  If you have been accused of or investigated for healthcare fraud, you need attorneys that know how the hospice industry works and how to get cases dismissed. You do not have the time to waste on an inexperienced attorney who does not understand your industry or the nuances of billing and certifications.
  • Government Experience. At the Oberheiden Law Group, our team approach is one of our greatest strengths. Every one of our cases is handled by former healthcare prosecutors from the Department of Justice, who have a collective wealth of knowledge and insight into the government’s strategy.  Together with our founding partner, Dr. Nick Oberheiden, our team of former prosecutors addresses each of our clients’ cases personally.  Our clients benefit from full service representation that allows them unfettered access to senior attorneys.
  • Civil, not Criminal. Not all governmental investigations into home healthcare fraud result in criminal penalties. Therefore, helping our clients avoid criminal charges is our main priority when combatting a fraud investigation. More than once, our lawyers have successfully argued to the government that abnormalities in our clients’ practices, including those involving large-scale operations, were merely accidental oversights as opposed to intentional fraud.  Our use of this approach has been effective in helping our clients conclude investigations with a confidential settlement involving a monetary payment, rather than the criminal prosecution of the individuals deemed responsible.

Our Track Record

We have successfully defended individual and corporate healthcare providers in OIG, DEA, FDA, DHHS, and FBI investigations across the country and specifically in East Texas. Give us a call today to find out how our team of former federal healthcare prosecutors and experienced defense counsel will assess your case. All initial consultations are free and confidential.

Listed below are some of our recent case results and the outcomes we achieved for our clients:

  • Healthcare Fraud
    Result: No criminal charges.
  • Healthcare Fraud
    Result: No criminal charges.
  • Healthcare Fraud
    Result: No criminal charges.
  • Healthcare Fraud
    Result: No criminal charges.
  • Healthcare Fraud
    Result: No criminal charges.
  • Healthcare Fraud
    Result: No criminal charges.
  • Healthcare Fraud
    Result: No criminal charges.

Longer you wait to obtain legal representation, the more time the government has to build its case.  Call today to talk to former healthcare prosecutor Lynette S. Byrd of the Oberheiden Law Group, PLLC. We also answer calls on weekends.

Oberheiden Law Group, PLLC
Criminal Defense – Healthcare Law – Litigation
(903) 472-0000
tylercriminallawyer.com
This information has been prepared for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. This information may constitute attorney advertising in some jurisdictions. Reading of this information does not create an attorney-client relationship. Prior results do not guarantee similar future outcomes. The Oberheiden Law Group PLLC is a Texas PLLC with headquarters in Dallas. Mr. Oberheiden limits his practice to federal law.