Are you a healthcare professional who is under investigation for Medicare or healthcare fraud? Are you a patient who is undergoing an investigation for Medicare or healthcare fraud? If so, do not risk your freedom or your financial security trying to defend your case yourself. Contact a Milwaukee medicare and healthcare fraud defense attorney at Hart Powell, S.C. by calling (414) 271-9595 to discuss your case today. Together, we can formulate a strategy to help you get the best results possible for your situation.
Why Hire an Attorney
All insurance fraud claims are difficult, and Medicare and healthcare fraud claims are no different. If you try to figure out the law yourself, you will likely get lost in a quagmire of information, paperwork, arguments, and counterarguments. All of this, combined with a process called discovery, is overwhelming and time-consuming.
Why not hire a professional for a job that requires such an expert? Contacting an attorney to handle your case is the first step toward getting some peace of mind in your case and defense. It is also the first step toward obtaining a successful defense. Attorneys know the court system, prosecutorial strategies, legal statutes, and legal processes, and they have resources you don’t. This knowledge is powerful and is the best way to obtain a favorable verdict in your case.
An experienced attorney can also assist you in forming a favorable settlement agreement. If you have already started pre-trials or are just not eager to go to court, then you may want to reach a settlement agreement. Hiring an attorney from a firm like Hart Powell, S.C. can help you reach terms that are favorable to you and your interests. Do not go it alone in this process. An attorney can help you with your case and will look out for you and your rights every step of the way, no matter where you are in your case.
Why Hire Hart Powell, S.C.
If you are being investigated or facing charges for Medicare or healthcare fraud, it is important to find a trusted attorney to represent your rights. The Milwaukee criminal defense lawyers of Hart Powell, S.C. understand the billing and payment processes of government programs and will work diligently to build a strong case in your defense. Cases of healthcare fraud cost the government millions of dollars every year. In an attempt to recover losses from fraud, the government often makes mistakes and accuses innocent medical professionals of committing federal criminal offenses. This not only puts your practice at risk, but your family, career, and reputation as well.
Our attorneys are here to help you obtain the best results possible in your case. Whether this means getting a verdict of not-guilty, getting you acquitted, creating enough reasonable doubt that a mistrial is deemed, or reaching a settlement on your behalf, an attorney will look out for you and your family’s interests. We have the knowledge and ability to delve into each of the arguments the state will likely make, sow reasonable doubt in the judge’s and, if applicable, jury members’ minds, and will navigate your case toward a favorable judgment or agreement.
Cases We Handle
The Milwaukee criminal defense lawyers of Hart Powell, S.C. represent doctors, patients, and other medical personnel facing various Medicare and Healthcare charges, including:
- Coverage claims for false illnesses
- Filing claims using fake names
- Filing claims for non-existent treatments
- Over-billing for services rendered
- Billing for services not rendered
- Solicitation of patients
- Billing the government for non-existent and fraudulent medical supplies
- Misrepresenting yourself or your dependents on an application for insurance benefits or program
- Preparing false proof to support a claim made under an insurance policy or to maintain insurance through a provider or employer
Whatever charges you are facing, Hart Powell, S.C. is here to help. Our team of attorneys and staff will assess your case and give you the best defense possible for anything and everything the prosecutor alleges you did. With us, you are hiring experience, knowledge, and talent to represent your interests. Ensure success by calling (414) 271-9595 for a consultation.
While you may think this charge or investigation is no big deal, the penalties can be quite severe, and the jump in severity can happen quickly. For instance, under Wisconsin state law, insurance fraud starts as a misdemeanor. However, depending on the value of the fraudulent claim or services received, the penalties and classification quickly grow. After a certain threshold, the crime turns into a felony, which also increases the severity of possible punishment. You may also lose your insurance policy or policies if you are found guilty of such fraud. This could be detrimental to you and your family’s health and wellbeing. And this is just under the state law.
Furthermore, the value of the claim is not limited to just the portion that was deemed fraudulent. Say services were rendered that led to overbilling while other, medically necessary services, were completed for a condition. The entirety of that claim will be used against you in the charge. This is an important detail, as you may know that something is “off” about your bill or explanation of benefits and think that is the only issue the state will prosecute you over. But if other services were rendered with that “off” service, you will be charged with the value of all of those services. This could quickly raise your charge up to a felony-level crime, with felony-level punishments.
Do not risk losing your case! Calling upon the resources and experience of a highly reputable defense firm will ensure your rights are defended and protected. Depending on your role in the healthcare industry (i.e., if you are a provider, support staff, patient, etc.) and the crime charged, most of these crimes require intent. As a result, the best defense is to show that there was no intent. While this might seem intuitive or easy, trying to argue against the State while scrounging up whatever evidence you can find to prove no intention to commit a crime is a Herculean effort. Trust the attorneys at Hart Powell, S.C. to scrutinize your case, the State’s charge, their arguments, and evidence on your side to ensure your case is decided in your favor.
The Milwaukee criminal defense attorneys at Hart Powell, S.C. understand that you may have unknowingly been involved in a case of Medicare or Healthcare fraud. Merely by submitting and processing claims, employees of medical facilities may be at risk of being investigated or charged with fraud. We also understand that as a patient, healthcare forms and procedures are difficult to understand – leading to possible and unwitting fraud on your end.
Although federal and state prosecutors have extensive resources, our dedicated attorneys have the experience needed to successfully and strategically fight for your rights. When your reputation is on the line, turn to the exceptional legal skills of the attorneys at Hart Powell, S.C.. If you are facing federal criminal charges for health care fraud, contact the Milwaukee criminal defense attorneys of Hart Powell, S.C. by calling (414) 271-9595.