The Justice Department announced that obtained more than $3.5 billion in settlements and judgments from civil cases involving fraud and false claims against the government in 2015. Of this amount, $1.9 billion came from companies and individuals in the health care industry for allegedly providing unnecessary or inadequate care, paying kickbacks to health care providers to induce the use of certain goods and services, or overcharging for goods and services paid for by Medicare, Medicaid, and other federal health care programs. This is the fourth year in a row that the Justice Department has recovered over $3.5 billion – and there are no signs that this trend will slow or change.
To the contrary, in the fall of 2015, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates issued a memorandum directing Justice Department attorneys to look more closely at individual civil and criminal culpability in cases involving alleged corporate wrongdoing, and emphasizing the high degree of cooperation corporations must provide in order to receive credit for cooperating with a government investigation.
In light of these developments, it is more important than ever to understand how to navigate through the treacherous waters of a government investigation. This is particularly important for healthcare providers, including physicians, hospitals, nursing homes and hospices, which are increasingly under the government microscope.
AGG is presenting a free one-hour webinar, “What to Do When the Government Knocks?” on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at noon that will address all aspects of a government investigation and provide guidance and advice on how best to respond to these investigations, including dealing with subpoenas, search warrants, employee interviews and reaching a favorable resolution.
AGG partners and former federal prosecutors Aaron Danzig and Sara Lord will walk you through the anatomy of a government investigation, including:
- How to respond to subpoenas, search warrants and other government investigation tools.
- How to conduct an effective internal investigation.
- How to resolve government investigations.
- How to best minimize the chance of being investigated by the government.