DOJ Prioritizes Combating Health Care Fraud

May 25, 2017 by Robert J. Cochran, Partner
DOJ Prioritizes Combating Health Care Fraud
 
The investigation and prosecution of health care fraud will remain a priority for the Department of Justice (DOJ). In comments at an American Bar Association conference on health care fraud, the Acting Chief of the Criminal Division, Kenneth Blanco, said Attorney General Jeff Sessions “feels very strongly” about keeping health care fraud a priority. Blanco also said the investigation and prosecution of health care fraud will be “vigorous” under AG Sessions.
 
In an intriguing statement, Blanco indicated the list of cities with Medicare Strike Forces will continue to grow and DOJ will focus even more attention on issues plaguing the country, such as the opioid abuse epidemic. The Strike Forces bring together prosecutorial, investigative, and analytical resources of various federal and state agencies. Strike Forces are currently located in nine cities—Miami, Tampa, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Brooklyn, and Los Angeles. The list could expand.
 
Although AG Sessions has been seen as focusing resources on violent crime, Blanco’s comments demonstrate that health care fraud will continue to be a high priority for DOJ. As a result, health care providers need to continue to take compliance seriously.
 
For more information on health care fraud and compliance, contact Bob Cochran, Sherry Fabina-Abney, Myra Selby, Brad Williams, or another member of Ice Miller’s White Collar Defense or Health Care teams.

This publication is intended for general information purposes only and does not and is not intended to constitute legal advice. The reader should consult with legal counsel to determine how laws or decisions discussed herein apply to the reader’s specific circumstances. 


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