If you live in West Michigan or Grand Rapids, you know how much health care costs are based on your trip to a hospital or doctor’s office. The 2020 Presidential campaign will be filled with promises about lowering the cost of health care. Clearly, getting quality health care service, or any other type of professional service is a costly endeavor. One reason the cost of health care has gone up is because of health care fraud. You can rest assured, that any state, local or federal investigation into fraud will result in serious criminal charges being issued if the evidence suggests criminal activity by a person.
Health Care Fraud is a crime where a person will come up with a scheme to get illicit gains from insurance companies. This can also be done against government programs such as Medicare and Medicaid. Typically these crimes deal with a person charging too much for services. It may also deal with charging for services that were not rendered. It can even cover providing medical services that are not needed. Rest assured, the federal government will hammer someone hard if they think you are ripping off Medicare or Medicaid.
Another area where Health Care Fraud is found a lot is in health care facilities that take care of the elderly and disabled. The typical allegations of fraud at these facilities include elder abuse, child abuse, billing fraud and vulnerable adult abuse.
Professionals Who Get Charged With Health Care Fraud Include:
- Pharmaceutical Companies
- Nursing Homes