The World of the Over-Regulated Physician: Too Little Time to Treat the Patient

Fact: The government can subject your medical practice to an investigation, even though the idea of your having committed health care fraud is laughable.

Fact: There are innocent doctors and other health care providers who are increasingly finding themselves targets of government scrutiny.

Fact: Even if investigators say you're not a target, you probably are and any statements you make could prove very harmful to you and your practice.

This is the world of the over-regulated physician.

Read on to learn more about the government's investigation tactics.

The state and federal government has stepped up investigations and enforcement in the years since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. This has had an impact on health care providers, especially those providers who treat patients on Medicare/Medicaid. Providers in Texas have been hit particularly hard.

Government investigations tend to look one of two ways:

  1. The worse scenario: Show up at your door unannounced, throw a sign on your door saying "Closed for Fraud Investigation," load up vans with your files and computers, and effectively shut down your practice.
  2. The less-than-worse scenario: Government agents just want to have a "chat" (in an effort to build a case), while claiming that you're not a target.

These are your next steps.

At Hendershot Cowart P.C., we've handled all facets of fraud and abuse investigations, including:

  • Civil investigative demands
  • Subpoenas
  • Interviews
  • Document production
  • RAC, ZPIC and Novitas audits

We strive to provide some of the best information on the web about the law so that those facing legal trouble can make informed decisions.

Then call (713) 909-7323 to consult with the attorneys of Hendershot Cowart P.C.


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