The Department of Human Services have put more emphasis into the health insurance programs. The DHS had been criticized for being to lenient on overbilling and illegal billing practices. The DHS doubled its recovieries from different health care providers from just last year. The DHS has been focusing its recoveries from doctors, pharmacies, and home caregivers. The focus is to stop illegal billing practices to the Medicaid program and to recover money back that was billed fraudulently. The Medicaid division is the largest program in Minnesota and the fraud investigative unit has recently doubled in size. The Medicaid unit has been doing on-site screenings and has begun fingerprint background checks on health care workers. The attorney general’s office are the ones who presecute individuals for improper billing and fraudulent practices. As of now, there are more than 110 cases that are being looking at for prosecution. The screenings have shown that many home care agencies did not have any records for the services that were provided. The Star Tribune reported that home care services are the ones that are susceptible to Medicaid Fraud.
Keller Law Offices has represented many inividuals who have been charged with Medicaid Fraud. Often times, there are thousands of pages of discovery and years worth of billing practices to go through. If you have been charged with Medicaid Fraud, you will need an attorney to assist you. You will be facing felony charges and possible prison time for illegal billing practices. You will also be looking at restitution. This means that you will be responsible for paying back all of the money that was fraudulently billed for. In many cases, restitution can be upwards of $100,000. Keller Law Offices has been successful in obtaining great results for our clients. For example, in one of the last cases we handled, we reached a resolution that if our client paid restitution before sentencing, that he would get no jail time. We also settled that he receive a stay of imposition. A stay of imposition means that upon successful completion of probation, the felony charge gets reduced down to a misdemeanor charge.
It is often hard for individuals to understand the process and why they are being prosecuted. Many times homecare providers will bill for things that they shouldn’t. This could be things like billing for transportation time. Other types of things the investigative units are looking for are proper time sheets for the services rendered, check in and check out logs, and signed time sheets.
The best criminal attorneys will ensure that you understand the process. Medicaid fraud is very serious and you will need one of the best criminal attorneys in Minnesota to fight for you. Keller Law Offices offers a free consultation. Do not wait until you have court to hire one of the best criminal attorneys. Max Keller is an aggressive criminal attorney and has handled many Medicaid cases in the past. Keller Law Offices offers payment plans in most cases. Take a look at the firm’s website at www.kellerlawoffices.com. Phones and e-mails are answered 24/7. Call 952-913-1421 to talk with an attorney.