New York Medicaid Fraud Attorney
Shortly after taking office, New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman undertook a plan to root out fraud and return money illegally stolen from New York taxpayers. One of the core foundations of this initiative was to bolster his office’s award-winning Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (“MFCU”) with dozens of additional prosecutors, investigators and auditors.
According to his website:
The MFCU, the largest unit within the Attorney General’s Criminal Division, is the centerpiece of New York’s effort to investigate, penalize, and prosecute individuals and companies responsible for improper or fraudulent Medicaid billing schemes. A revenue-generating agency that recovers taxpayer money through successful fraud prosecutions, the MFCU utilizes a team-based approach to identify and investigate frauds committed by hospitals, nursing homes, pharmacies, doctors, dentists, nurses, and other health care entities billing the Medicaid Program.
Medicaid Fraud Control Unit targets, among other things, large-scale frauds involving overbilling, kickbacks, substandard drugs and medical equipment, and “Medicaid mills” run by organized criminals. It also handles numerous cases in order to safeguard elderly and disabled New Yorkers from abuse and neglect in nursing homes and other health care facilities.*
The addition of dozens of new prosecutors, investigators, and auditors devoted to cracking down on Medicaid fraud is funded by using money the agency itself recovers. This includes a federal program that provides the unit with three-to-one matching funds.
The office cites a direct relationship between the number of prosecutors in the MFCU and the number of Medicaid fraud recoveries the unit has obtained. In practice, this has meant a serious rise in the number of audits and points to the extent of scrutiny by this office. Medical providers are now forced with elevating compliance proactively or opening the door to possible disaster.
Health Care Fraud And Abuse Attorney
If you or your organization seeks to elevate Medicare or Medicaid compliance or is facing a possible audit, we encourage you to get in touch. We at Brill Legal Group, P.C., are able to bring our comprehensive knowledge of these issues to reach an ideal resolution.
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* — http://www.ag.ny.gov/bureau/medicaid-fraud-control-unit
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