Austin Attorneys — Health Care Investigations
Representing Clients Under Investigation by Health Integrity, the FBI or the OIG
Health care providers and professionals are under constant scrutiny from various sources. In some instances, regulators and law enforcement conduct investigations of medical practices in an effort to uncover fraud or other illegal activity. These investigations may be headed by the FBI, the Office of Inspector General (OIG), the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit or Health Integrity.
At the Austin, Texas, law firm of Rivas Goldstein, LLP, our lawyers represent individuals and organizations who are being investigated. Our representation includes advocacy at all stages, from the beginning of the process through any administrative and criminal proceedings arising from the investigation. Whether you have received a civil investigative demand from the government or your office was raided by law enforcement, we encourage you to reach out to our firm as soon as possible.
Representing a Range of Medical Providers and Professionals
From our Austin law office, we handle investigatory matters for a variety of clients, including:
- Home health care companies
- Physicians and hospitals
- Medical billing and coding companies
- Free-standing emergency centers and comparable facilities
- Ambulance companies
- Hospice companies
The federal government and Health Integrity are aggressive in investigating and prosecuting Medicaid and Medicare fraud and other types of unlawful activity, such as:
- False claims
- Rendering services not medically necessary
- Kickbacks and self-referrals
- Billing for services not rendered
- Alleged EKRA violations
How Our Attorneys Help
The first goal of the firm’s lawyers in investigation matters is to establish a dialogue with the relevant law enforcement agency. By opening lines of communication in this manner, we are better able to provide information to clients to help them understand what is happening. Next, we seek to obtain records and other documents that may have been confiscated. Accessing these documents allows our clients to continue operating their business while the investigation proceeds.
We then work to identify who or what the real target of the investigation is, as well as the nature of the investigation. This allows us to narrow the scope of the investigation and make it more manageable for clients. Finally, we may implement an internal investigation, which may require the hiring of our own investigators, statisticians and other experts.