What Health Care Organizations Need to Know About Electronic Discovery – Five Considerations That Should Not Be Overlooked During Healthcare Fraud Investigations

ABA 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.

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