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Federal Healthcare Fraud Schemes: Overbilling

Federal healthcare fraud crimes are wide-ranging and increasingly prevalent.  Specifically, the federal healthcare crime of overbilling carries heavy penalties that require competent legal representation. A Maryland federal healthcare fraud attorney who understands overbilling might be able to evaluate whether the overbilling charges being brought against you are legitimate while looking at ways to mitigate the penalties you may be facing.

Contact our firm today if you would like to speak with an experienced Maryland federal overbilling lawyer.

Why Work with a Healthcare Overbilling Lawyer?

If you are currently facing a federal healthcare overbilling charge, you and your healthcare practice are at risk of facing strict government penalty.  Having experienced representation by your side can help to mitigate possible damages while also exploring the possible dismissal of your case or mitigation of your sentence.

Having a Maryland federal healthcare overbilling lawyer by your side who is experienced in federal healthcare overbilling cases can possibly make a big impact on the outcome of your case. That’s why it’s important to call an attorney as soon as you suspect that you may be involved in any investigation relating to federal healthcare fraud. The sooner you call, the more quickly we’ll be able to help you protect your rights.

What Constitutes Federal Healthcare Overbilling?

Federal healthcare overbilling in Maryland can occur in a number of ways, including:

  • Charging clients for more expensive services, billing for individual exams, procedures, or tests that were already included in a larger bill
  • Performing unnecessary exams, procedures, or tests with the intent of increasing profits

Penalties and Repercussions for Overbilling

The federal government considers overbilling to be a very serious crime, since the result is the taking away of monies that would otherwise be distributed to patients in need.  The seriousness is reflected in the penalty for overbilling.

Chapter 18 U.S. Code Sections 1347 and 1035 both include penalties for possible overbilling cases. Section 1347 penalizes those who knowingly and willfully try or succeed in defrauding the health care benefit program while Section 1035 penalizes those who knowingly falsified a document that relates to a healthcare benefits or services payment document. The consequences for a person who knowingly and willfully defrauds any type of the healthcare benefits program can depend on what happened as a result of the fraud. If the fraud caused someone to lose their life then the person who caused the fraud could possibly face life imprisonment.

Call an Experienced Maryland Federal Healthcare Fraud Overbilling Attorney Today

The attorneys in our Maryland federal practice group know what it’s like to face off against federal prosecutors in some of the highest courts in the region. We understand what the stakes are, and we know what it takes to conduct an independent investigation that provides us with the data we need to handle your charges proactively.

Call our Maryland law offices to speak with a MD federal healthcare fraud overbilling attorney and conduct your free legal consultation today.