Bradley attorney Jason Mehta was featured in FierceHealthcare in an interview about how health practitioners can avoid becoming the target of government enforcement agencies. The headlines are full of alarming stories of doctors and other healthcare professionals charged with healthcare fraud, and for some, the result is settlements, guilty pleas or verdicts, hefty fines or even prison time.
With healthcare now accounting for one-sixth of the U.S. economy—the government data says the country spends about $3.5 trillion a year on healthcare—it makes perfect sense that with that kind of money at stake that prosecutors are taking aim at healthcare fraud, explained Mehta, a former assistant U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Florida.
It’s a trend Mehta doesn’t expect to go away. Even as the Trump administration has pushed for government deregulation, law enforcement agencies have not let up when it comes to looking at healthcare fraud, he said. The more success the U.S. Department of Justice has in prosecuting healthcare fraud, the more it will go after other cases, Mehta noted.
The complete article, “4 tips to protect physician practices against healthcare fraud, from a former prosecutor turned defense attorney,” first appeared in FierceHealthcare on April 9, 2019.