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Medicare Fraud Lawyers | Honolulu Office | Serving Waimalu, HI

Davies Pacific Center, 841 Bishop St., Suite 410, Honolulu, HI 96813

Medicare Fraud Lawyers | Honolulu Office | Serving Waimalu, HI

Queen's Court, 800 Bethel Street, Suite 600, Honolulu, HI 96813

Medicare Fraud Lawyers | Honolulu Office | Serving Waimalu, HI

Tissue Genesis Tower, 810 Richards Street, Suite 335, Honolulu, HI 96813-2902

Medicare Fraud Lawyers | Honolulu Office | Serving Waimalu, HI

500 Ala Moana Boulevard, Five Waterfront Plaza, 4th Floor, Honolulu, HI 96813

Medicare Fraud Lawyers | Honolulu Office | Serving Waimalu, HI

1001 Bishop Street, Suite 1800, Honolulu, HI 96813

Medicare Fraud Lawyers | Honolulu Office | Serving Waimalu, HI

705 S. King St., Suite 105, Honolulu, HI 96813

Waimalu Medicare Fraud Information

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The Average Total Federal Prison Sentence for Medicare Fraud in Hawaii

37.57 months*

* based on 2019 Individual Offenders - Federal Court sentencing in Hawaii federal courts. See Sentencing Data Information for complete details.

What Constitutes Medicare Fraud?

Medicare is a national health insurance program, administered under the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Medicare covers many of the healthcare expenses of enrollees. Uncovered services and remaining costs may be covered by private insurance or other government benefit programs. To be eligible under Medicare, the individual has to meet one of the following requirements:

  • Age 65 or older and a U.S. citizen, or LPR for 5 continuous years with a qualifying spouse or ex-spouse
  • Under 65 with a disability and have been receiving SSDI or other disability benefits for a qualifying period of time
  • People with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) receiving continuing dialysis

Medicare fraud involves making false claims or fraudulent misrepresentations for Medicare health care benefit reimbursement. According to the Government Accountability Office, Medicare is vulnerable to fraud, with a low rate of Medicare claim audits. People accused of Medicare fraud can involve anyone involved in government healthcare benefit program, including:

  • Doctors and medical providers
  • Billing professionals
  • Health care professionals
  • Health care services companies
  • Insurance companies
  • Pharmaceutical companies

What Are Examples of Medicare Fraud?

Medicare fraud generally occurs between medical care providers and patients, vendors, or other doctors. There are several examples of medical billing fraud, anti-kickback violations, and financial gain through improper self-referral. Some common examples of Medicare fraud include:

  • Billing for services that are not necessary
  • Health care provider treatment for an undiagnosed condition
  • Charging for an unnecessary expensive service
  • Paying kickbacks for referrals
  • Unbundling medical procedures
  • Double billing or duplicate claims
  • Up-coding
  • Billing for medical services never provided

How is Medicare Fraud Determined?

There are several ways Medicare fraud can be identified. Suspected fraud can be reported by patients, healthcare providers, or even employees. Health care fraud cases can also be identified through computer analysis. CMS uses a Fraud Prevention System (FPS) to identify possible fraud. According to CMS, the FPS is a “state-of-the-art predictive analytics technology.”

The system assesses all Medicare fee-for-service claims to identify fraudulent claims and take administrative action. When patterns of inappropriate billing are identified, investigators conduct site visits, interview patients, and review medical records to identify fraud.

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) has a hotline for reporting potential fraud and Medicare abuse. Patients, co-workers, or employees may have an incentive for reporting fraudulent billing and may be eligible for whistleblower awards under some federal programs.

Is Medicare Fraud Civil or Criminal?

Medicare fraud charges can involve both civil and criminal laws and penalties. Federal health care fraud carries felony criminal charges. The penalties for a conviction of federal government fraud include up to 10 years in federal prison, or up to 20 if it resulted in serious bodily injury.

When a doctor refers a Medicare patient to another business or provider where the doctor has a financial interest, it may be a violation of the Physician Self-Referral Law, or the Stark Law. Civil penalties for illegal patient referrals include civil penalties, treble damages, and Medicare program exclusion.

The Anti-Kickback Statute is a criminal statute, with penalties including possible imprisonment for up to five years, fines, and exclusion from federal benefit programs.

The False Claims Act (FCA) provides for civil penalties where a doctor defrauds the federal government. The FCA also provides a reward system, and whistleblowers can recover up to 30% of the money recovered by the government.

Other penalties may include restitution, or paying back the victims of fraud. After a conviction for Medicare fraud, a doctor could also lose their medical license or be excluded from participating in Medicare or Medicaid. Medicare fraud may also involve other criminal violations, including:

What if You Are Accused of Medicare Fraud?

Not all Medicare fraud criminal investigations involve criminal intent. There are a number of possible explanations or legal defenses when a doctor faces fraud allegations. In many cases, suspected fraud may be caused by simple mistakes or unclear rules, without any intention of fraud. A fraud attorney can review your case for a strategic defense, with possible defenses including:

  • Accidentally putting in the wrong billing code
  • Accidentally ordering extra diagnostic tests
  • Billing employees did not have the proper training
  • Patient claimed they did not already have a procedure or test
  • Misspellings or unclear handwriting

When to Hire a Lawyer

It is in your best interest to get legal help early on in addressing your situation. There are times when hiring a lawyer quickly is critical to your case, such as if you are charged with a crime. It may also be in your best interest to have a lawyer review the fine print before signing legal documents. A lawyer can also help you get the compensation you deserve if you’ve suffered a serious injury. For issues where money or property is at stake, having a lawyer guide you through the complexities of the legal system can save you time, hassle, and possibly a lot of grief in the long run.

How to Prepare for Your Initial Consultation

Prepare for your consultation by writing down notes of your understanding of the case, jot down questions and concerns for the attorney, and gather your documents. Remember that you are trying to get a sense of whether the attorney has your trust and can help you address your legal issues. Questions should include how the attorney intends to resolve your issue, how many years he/she has been practicing law and specifically practicing in your area, as well as how many cases similar to yours the attorney has handled. It can also be helpful to broach the subject of fees so that you understand the likely cost and structure of your representation by a specific attorney and/or legal team.

Tips on Hiring an Experienced Lawyer with Medicare Fraud Cases

The more experienced a lawyer is in legal practice, the more likely he/she will be able to bring about a successful resolution to your issue. Since experience matters, lawyers who’ve been practicing law for many years (with a successful track record) tend to be in high demand. You should look for information about a lawyer’s experience and ask questions during the initial meeting. It’s a very good idea to ask the lawyer how many years he/she has been practicing law and the expected outcome of your case.

Common legal terms explained

Plaintiff – a person or party who brings a lawsuit against another person(s) or party/parties in a court of law. Private persons or parties can only file suit in civil court.

Judgment – A decision of the court. Also known as a decree or order. Judgments handed down by the court are usually binding on the parties before the court.

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