If you are facing a Medicaid Fraud investigation in NYC, an FBI officer has rung your bell, or you received a letter from the Office of Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG), don’t panic. The Law Office of Inna Fershteyn has twenty-five years of experience successfully handling Medicaid fraud cases for both providers and recipients. When working with our firm, you will work directly with our principal attorney, Inna Fershteyn, and your case will be based on a well-thought-out strategy and plan.
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What is Medicaid Fraud?
Medicaid fraud refers to any intentional act of deception or misrepresentation by an individual who is receiving Medicaid benefits. This can include lying about income, assets, or other eligibility requirements in order to obtain benefits or receiving Medicaid benefits while also receiving benefits from another source, such as workers' compensation or private insurance. Medicaid fraud is a serious offense and can result in legal and financial penalties, including fines, imprisonment, and loss of Medicaid benefits.
What is Medicaid Fraud for Providers?
Medicaid fraud for providers constitutes billing for services not provided, performing unnecessary tests, providing patients with unnecessary referrals, and charging separately for services usually offered at a packaged rate.
What is Medicaid Fraud by the Recipient?
Medicaid fraud by the recipient is mainly due to not disclosing correct income, providing incorrect information about your residential address, and receiving Medicaid benefits illegally. If you received a letter from NYC HRA stating that your eligibility for Medicaid health insurance is under review, you are being investigated for Medicaid fraud.
The NY Food Stamp HRA Investigation sent me a letter regarding my SNAP Benefits, what should I do?
If you have recently received a letter regarding your SNAP Benefits from the NY Food Stamp HRA investigation, the letter should have come from 375 Pearl Street, 22nd floor, New York, NY. This letter will contain a request for you to come in so you can prove that the details you provided on your SNAP benefits application are correct. This will include your address, income, and will verify that you didn’t make any cash bank deposits.
You will also be required to verify that you don’t own any properties aside from personal residence and that you listed ALL the members of your household on your application including a significant other – even if you are not legally married and if they are not the parents of your kids.
Failure to respond to such a notice like the HRA Medicaid fraud investigation letter will cause your case to be sent to the District Attorney’s office for further investigation. This can lead to both: charges and possible arrest.
It is important to never go to the HRA SNAP benefits investigation office without your attorney in attendance at the meeting since everything that you say will be used in the case against you.
I received a letter from HRA Medicaid Fraud Investigations, Bureau of Fraud Investigations (BFI), what should I do?
If you received the HRA investigation letter, do not consider going there by yourself. Remember that anything you may disclose during the meeting can be used by the investigator against you. When investigators call you in for an interview, they already assume that you have committed Medicaid Fraud. Seek the help of an experienced HRA Fraud Investigation Attorney who will represent you in your Medicaid Fraud investigation case. Call the Law Office of Inna Fershteyn right away (718) 333-1233 before speaking with investigators. We may be able to obtain an administrative resolution for your Medicaid Fraud investigation case before it is referred to the District Attorney’s office.
Why was I picked for Medicaid Fraud in NYC?
Whether you are in Manhattan or any of the 5 Boroughs, most Medicaid Fraud cases in NYC are flagged because of the recipients' failure to disclose the full household income on their application/recertification or failure to update the agency about the increase in income. There are many different databases available to investigations where they can obtain information regarding the Medicaid recipient’s income, household structure, and other evidence. If the information you provided on your application/recertification does not match the information listed in those databases, you will become a target of Medicaid Fraud Investigation.
What can be the outcome of this Medicaid Fraud Investigation?
If you are investigated for Medicaid Fraud, you can face a number of legal consequences including:
- Monetary fines, penalties, and restitution orders
- Disqualification from receiving Medicaid benefits
- Civil judgments and liens on any real property you own
- Garnishment of your wages
- Criminal prosecutions and a possible prison sentence
- Suspension or loss of professional licenses
- Exclusion from participating in Medicaid as a provider
- Depending on your immigration status, you could be deported.
7 Common Medicaid Fraud Schemes by Healthcare Providers
Whether it's accidental or intentional, it is easy for healthcare providers to engage in common healthcare fraud schemes. Below are some common Medicaid fraud schemes.
1. BILLING FOR NON-RENDERED SERVICES
In many cases, healthcare providers, bill for services that were never provided and the corresponding patient files have no evidence or information regarding such documented services. Healthcare providers often provide excuses, but these excuses do not help their case.
2. INCORRECT RECORDING OF PROCEDURES
In this healthcare scheme, healthcare providers list an incorrect diagnosis or procedure that was performed on a patient. This may include admitting patients for unnecessary hospitalizations.
3. UNNECESSARY ISSUANCE OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS
Patients are sometimes given prescribed medication for reasons beyond the physician's intentions. Similarly, some physicians issue prescription drugs for patients for their personal gain.
4. OVERUTILIZATION OF SERVICES
This typically involves billing for services that are not necessary to perform at all. This may include unnecessary blood tests or physical examinations that the patient receives despite having overall good health.
5. MISREPRESENTING DATES OF SERVICE
Healthcare providers may try to make more money by documenting the same patient on two different days. This may happen since each office visit to the physician is considered a separate billable service.
Providers have been known to receive money for referrals. Consequently, many physicians have abused this power through referring patients to unnecessary services such as MRIs or X-rays.
While it might be common to gift someone money for referrals in other areas of business, it is illegal for healthcare providers to do so. Both, the provider who gifts money and the provider who refers for money are in the wrong.
Always work with a qualified NYC medicaid fraud attorney. Our law firm can help you to avoid such harsh consequences and minimize the restitutions payments.
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