Health Care Government Investigations, Audits, and Self-Disclosures

Health care entities face unique risks and challenges due to the ever-increasing government regulation and enforcement of state and federal fraud and abuse laws. Robinson+Cole's Health Care Government Investigations, Audits, and Self-Disclosures Group integrates its in-depth substantive health care knowledge with its experience in conducting internal investigations and representing clients before state and federal authorities.

Our recent experience includes representing clients in connection with investigations by state lawyers general and other state agencies as well as the United States Department of Justice, the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. These investigations related to alleged violations of state and federal antikickback laws, Stark laws, and the False Claims Acts. Our team has assisted hospitals, health systems, and other health care providers with engaging in internal compliance investigations, developing compliance programs, conducting compliance education and training, and implementing reporting protocols.

    • Experience
      • Regular advice to and representation of clients in proceedings before the Connecticut Department of Social Services regarding financial audits, administrative sanctions and Title XIX appeals.
      • Representation of one of Connecticut’s largest providers of home health services in connection with a multi-agency federal and state investigation into the company’s billing practices. Worked closely with the client to conduct an internal investigation of the agency’s billing processes to identify potential areas of exposure and to develop a comprehensive corporate compliance program. Successfully persuaded the United States Attorney’s Office not to pursue charges and to issue a formal declination letter.
      • Representation of a hospital network and behavioral health center in an investigation of billing practices brought by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Office of the Inspector General.
      • Representation of a Connecticut hospital in connection with quality of care investigation by the Connecticut Department of Public Health. Prepared and defended witnesses in interviews with state investigators, coordinated all aspects of compliance with document demands, and appeared in related individual licensure hearings on behalf of the facility.
      • Representation of an emergency medical service corporation and principals in criminal investigation involving potential Medicare fraud. Avoided prosecution and termination of Medicare participation status through negotiated resolution of civil monetary penalties.
      • Regular representation of institutional health care providers in connection with financial audits and quality of care investigations relating to the Medicaid and Medicare programs conducted by the Connecticut Department of Social Services and the Connecticut Department of Public Health.
      • Representation of health services corporation in connection with liquidation of affiliated health maintenance organization before the Connecticut Insurance Department.
      • Regular representation of hospitals, community providers and physician groups in connection with corporate compliance plans.
      • Representation of provider in response to third party payor, Medicare and OIG post payment audit and investigation.*
      • Development of corporate compliance programs for hospitals, nursing homes, physician groups, academic medical center foundation, imaging company, and a computer services company.*
      • Representation of providers in connection with federal and state subpoena and investigation of possible Medicare and Medicaid overpayments, false claims, and related issues and negotiation of settlements with U.S. Attorney, HHS-OIG, and state Medicaid fraud control units.*
      • Compliance, regulatory, EMTALA, and HIPAA counseling of national behavioral health company and dialysis services companies.*
      • *These matters were of counsel prior to an individual attorney joining Robinson+Cole.

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