What Health Care Organizations Need to Know About Electronic Discovery – Five Considerations That Should Not Be Overlooked During Healthcare Fraud InvestigationsABA The Health Lawyer August 2014
Jason Christ, Member of the Firm in the Health Care and Life Sciences practice, in the firm's Washington, DC, office, co-authored an article in ABA The Health Lawyer titled “What Health Care Organizations Need to Know About Electronic Discovery – Five Considerations That Should Not Be Overlooked During Healthcare Fraud Investigations.”
Following is an excerpt:
Federal healthcare fraud investigations and enforcement actions have steadily increased in recent years. In 2009, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Health and Human Services (HHS) formalized a joint initiative, the Health Care Fraud Prevention and Enforcement Action Team (HEAT), to prevent healthcare fraud and provide increased enforcement of ant-fraud laws. Under HEAT, a Medicare Fraud Strike Force was formed by creating a multi-agency team of federal and local investigators, analysts and prosecutors who utilized data analytics as well as conducted undercover operations to identify and expose the fraud. Since 2007 strike force operations in nine locations have charged more than 1,500 defendants who collectively have falsely billed the Medicare program.