Health care fraud conviction can close practices and ruin careers. If a patient, doctor, nurse or other practitioner has been charged with health care fraud in Philadelphia, the thing to do is act quickly to get an aggressive health care fraud lawyer at the Law Office of William Spade now.
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There are a number of circumstances that can bring about health care fraud accusations and investigations which could lead to charges of a federal crimes. A patient could have complained to a bureau, a random investigation could have been done by the health insurance company or government, or a tip off could have occurred. In any case, if you are now being informed that an investigation will soon be underway or perhaps it’s already started, you need to get a criminal defense lawyer on your side who is familiar with the laws and procedures in the area.
As a health care fraud lawyer in Philadelphia, my team and I can assist you in every possible way to clear up the charges against you and fight for your case. If you are facing health care fraud charges, call me today for a free consultation to go over your options and what to do next.
Health Care Fraud Penalties in Philadelphia
The health care fraud penalties in Philadelphia vary dramatically depending on the situation, but can range from smaller fines to being as severe as long-term prison sentences, and even losing your license. For individuals who have filed false claims or attempted to get money out of their health care provider, it can also result in fines, restitution and probation or prison, depending on the severity of the crimes. Your chances are significantly better by getting a qualified criminal defense lawyer in Philadelphia that has substantial experience with health care fraud cases on your side, so call me today.
Each year, $80 billion is spent on fraudulent claims, many of them from health care policies. Here are some of the most common situations charges are filed for:
- Filing claims for health care services never provided
- Filing duplicate claims for the same health care service
- Providing excessive unnecessary procedures
- Double-billing a health care provider for services rendered
- Billing for services not covered by patient’s health care policy
- Providing kickbacks for referrals
- Prescribing unnecessary medicines
- Falsifying medical records
- Requesting unnecessary tests for a patient
- Medicare fraud
- Medicaid fraud
For patients, some of the most common fraudulent claims include faking a medical condition to get medication that they then re-sell or falsifying a medical claim. They could also use another person’s health care information to get services.
It is important to realize that there is a difference between a mistake and health care fraud. If a practice accidentally charges a patient’s insurance company for a service that wasn’t rendered, that can be rectified. In order to be qualified as health care fraud, it needs to be proven that there has been a scheme in place to get undue money from a health care provider, or the government. An aggressive criminal defense lawyer with health care fraud experience can help make that clear to the court and defend you against the prosecution. Call the Law Office of William Spade today to find out what your options. You don’t need to go through it alone.
A Skilled Philadelphia Criminal Defense Attorney
We represent those individuals and practices in Philadelphia who are being accused of or charged with health care fraud. We take every case seriously, as we know how important it is to our clients. We will look into all of the evidence available in your case and work out the best criminal defense strategy for you. Call us today to get a free consultation and start the ball rolling in your court.
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If you are being charged with health care fraud in Philadelphia, call the Law Office of William Spade. We specialize in criminal defense and will fight for your rights.