Health care fraud occurs when a person seeks to deceive a health care provider in order to pay less on their health care coverage. This type of fraud is often accomplished through the use of fake forms, forged signatures, deliberate misinformation, and other fraud methods. Like all other forms of fraud, health care fraud is illegal and may result in various criminal and/or civil consequences.
Health care fraud charges are sometimes associated with certain defenses. These include:
Various other defenses may apply. This will depend on the facts of each individual filing, as well as state and local fraud laws. Also, lack of evidence is a frequently raised defense in many fraud claims.
Health care officials may be alerted to fraud through several indicators such as:
In some cases, reports from other persons about a person not “appearing disabled” or in need of medical care may not be accepted. This is especially true for health care that is provided through government agencies and programs. However, private health care providers may accept this type of information when seeking to prove health care fraud.
Health care is a very expansive area of law that can cover many different types of violations. You may wish to contact a lawyer if you need help with any health care fraud laws or incidents. Your attorney can provide you with the latest information on fraud laws and inform you of your rights. If you need to attend any type of legal hearing, your lawyer can provide you with representation during the process.
Last Modified: 05-21-2014 11:13 AM PDTLaw Library Disclaimer
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