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Defending Against Medicaid And Medicare Fraud Charges

Medicaid and Medicare fraud charges are serious legal matters that can have significant consequences for individuals and health care providers. When facing such charges, it is crucial to seek the guidance of an attorney in health care law to build a robust fraud defense.

Brunvand Wise, P.A., takes a proactive approach to defending its clients in Tampa, Florida, and around the country. With over 40 years of combined experience and a Florida and national board certification in criminal defense, we can help find better resolutions to cases.

What Is Medicare And Medicaid Fraud?

Medicare and Medicaid fraud is the intentional deception or misrepresentation of information to gain financial advantage in these government health care programs.

These government health care programs provide essential medical services to vulnerable populations, such as the elderly, disabled and low-income individuals.

Health care fraud compromises the integrity of the health care system and jeopardizes the health and well-being of those who depend on them.

Common Types Of Fraudulent Activities

Several forms of fraudulent activities are prevalent in Medicaid and Medicare programs. It can include activities such as:

  • Billing for services that were never provided
  • Upcoding services to receive higher reimbursements
  • Providing medically unnecessary services

In many cases, fraudulent activities in Medicaid and Medicare programs involve complex schemes that may be difficult to detect without thorough investigation.

Potential Consequences Of Being Charged With Medicaid Or Medicare Fraud

Facing charges of Medicaid or Medicare fraud is a federal criminal offense with severe consequences. The consequences may include:

  • Hefty fines, depending on the scale of the fraudulent activities
  • Imprisonment, depending on the severity of the offense and other factors such as prior criminal history
  • The loss of professional licenses
  • Civil penalties like exclusion from participating in federal healthcare programs

Also, the reputational damage from Medicaid or Medicare fraud charges can be long-lasting and devastating, as it can tarnish one’s reputation within the industry.

Tailored Defense For Your Case

At Brunvand Wise, P.A., you are our number one priority. If you are facing criminal charges in Florida, call 813-521-8069 today or contact us online and get started with a free consultation.