If you're dodging the OIG, the theory goes, there's a reason. In other words, if you have a request for information (like a subpoena) and you ignore it, the government is only going to make it worse.
What does worse look like? More sanctions, more expense to you and your business. Sometimes, it means the AG/OIG shows up at your door and tries to shut your business down.
Doesn't Happen Very Often, But it Happens
On one end of the extreme, the OIG or AG show up, flash a badge, and close you down by loading up their vans with your files and computers and driving off with them.
Granted, this is the extreme scenario, and it doesn't happen very often, but it does happen. And here is what you need to know: Make sure you have copies of everything.
What We See The Most: 'Come In For a Chat'
This is the other end of the spectrum. It's the scenario we see the most:
"Don't worry, you're not the target. We'd just like to talk with you."
The investigating entity wants you to come in for a chat, under the pretense that you're not the target. This reminds us of a case we recently had in Houston, where the conversation wasn't as cordial as you would expect, and it quickly became evident that our client really was the target.
What You Should Do
If you've been contacted by an investigating entity in any way - the OIG or the AG - whether they asked you in for a chat, sent a request for information, or showed up on your doorstep, don't ignore it. You do so at your peril. The government is far less likely to work with you toward a favorable resolution if you do.
- Obtain legal counsel as soon as possible. We can reach out and open lines of communication with the investigating entity. We will protect your rights, review documents, assert the appropriate objections, and aggressively defend you. Please visit our page to learn more about common issues facing health care organizations in Texas.