Comprehensive representation for physicians, nurse practitioners, and home health agencies


For medical practitioners and health services providers, investigations by the federal government or state and federal agencies could have far reaching impacts on the practice that extend beyond criminal charges. These impacts include significant monetary penalties, suspension of professional licenses, being barred from participation in the Medicare or Medicaid programs, and even jail time. If your practice has received notice of a pending investigation from the Office of the Inspector General, the Department of Health and Human Services, or another entity, immediately obtaining knowledgeable legal counsel is essential to protect your rights.

Hansary Laforest can represent physicians, nurse practitioners, home health agencies, and other health care professionals charged or under investigation for health care fraud. Health care fraud can encompass violations of a number of different laws. These include:

False Claims Act (31 U.S.C. §§ 3729–3733) – the federal government prohibits the intentional filing of a claim for Medicare or Medicaid that a practitioner knows or should know is false

Anti-Kickback Statute (42 U.S.C. § 1320a-7b(b)) – it is a crime for any entity to accept or refer patients or generate business in exchange for remuneration or a kickback

Physician Self-Referral Law (42 U.S.C. § 1395nn) – this law prohibits physicians from referring patients to entities for Medicare-Medicaid-payable designated health services when the physician has a financial relationship with these entities

Hansary Laforest can help medical practitioners deal with investigations into healthcare fraud by reviewing compliance procedures and previous audits, coordinating internal investigations, and dealing with accusations carefully, but aggressively, to protect your interests.