Medical Audits and Healthcare Fraud Investigations
Our health law firm represents medical practices, physicians and healthcare businesses that are the subject of medical audits. There are many types of medical audits that can potentially have significant adverse financial consequences for healthcare providers, including:
- Third Party Payer Medical Audits
- Medical Audit Law
- Fraud and Abuse Investigations
- Compliance Audits and Civil Investigative Defense
- Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) audits
- Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs)
- Medicare Integrity Contractors (MICs)
- Medicaid RACs
- Zone Program Integrity Contractors (ZPICs)
- Office for Civil Rights (OCR) audit program for HIPAA compliance
- Office of Pharmacy Affairs Section 340B Audits
- Drug Manufacturer Section 340B Audits
The focus of our health law firm is the representation of healthcare providers and professionals. Our objective is to protect healthcare providers and professionals, helping them make more money and sleep better.
A Georgia-Based, National Health Law Firm
Our health law firm is committed to protecting the financial interests of medical practices, doctors and healthcare businesses throughout the United States. in Georgia and South Carolina.
“Kevin Little [of Hamil Little] represented the Medical Association of Georgia and individual physicians in a matter addressing the abuses of the health insurance industry. Kevin was a pleasure to work with and brought forth legal theories to hold the health insurance industry accountable to physicians and patients. We received outstanding representation from Kevin.” *
Donald Palmisano, CEO and General Counsel, Medical Association of Georgia.
The third-party payer system, with federal and state governments as primary payers for healthcare services, has resulted in onerous regulation and heavy oversight of healthcare. One of the biggest examples and a major challenge for healthcare providers in medical audits.
There is growing pressure on the government and private payers to control healthcare costs. That pressure causes many payers to find creative ways to use financially incentivized auditors to identify alleged overpayments or errors to obtain financial recoveries from healthcare providers. Every physician and healthcare business should be prepared for medical audits.
It Saves Money to Be Proactive
Involved medical audits can be expensive to defend and result in serious adverse financial consequences. While there is no guaranteed way to prevent a medical audit, being prepared for an audit will minimize risks and save money. The following steps for healthcare providers may reduce risks associated with medical audits:
- Self-Assess. Assess the risk of your medical practice or healthcare business to being subject to one of the various types of medical audits. Do not wait until you receive notice of some sort of medical audit.
- Hire a Consultant. There are many qualified consultants and experts who can sample billing and medical records, identify problem areas, extrapolate patterns, and offer proposals to mitigate your risks. In fact, just the act of hiring a qualified healthcare consultant helps demonstrate good faith and an intention to follow the law.
- Respond Timely. If your medical practice or healthcare business receives an audit notice from a government entity or private payer, make sure that it immediately goes to the proper person in your business designated to receive such information. In virtually every instance, critical deadlines should be calendared for a response and steps immediately taken to begin the process of an internal review of the allegations and preparation for a timely response.
- Hire Counsel. If it is a civil audit, realistically assess your risk of an adverse finding and the potential financial consequences. If the risk and money at stake are significant, hire qualified legal counsel immediately. If the audit is criminal, hire qualified legal counsel immediately and do not communicate with government personnel other than through your attorney.
We Protect Healthcare Providers
We protect and advance the financial interests of healthcare providers. Our health law attorneys have extensive experience, and Martindale Hubbell has awarded our firm its AV-rating, the highest possible rating. Our law firm maintains offices in Atlanta and Augusta, Georgia. Call us at 404-685-1662 (Atlanta) or 706-722-7886 (Augusta) to schedule a confidential consultation.
DISCLAIMER: Any result this law firm or any lawyer of this law firm may achieve on behalf of one client in one matter does not necessarily indicate similar results can be obtained for other clients.