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Feds Use Tougher Tactics To Fight Healthcare Fraud
Date:9/7/2012

WASHINGTON, Sept. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Describe a federal strike force that relies on informants, undercover officers, asset seizures, secret recordings and other tough tactics, and most Americans would assume the targets were mob bosses or drug cartels. But as two LeClairRyan attorneys noted in an Aug. 22 webinar, various U.S. agencies are doing all of the above as they target, not the mobsters of the world, but major and minor fraudsters in the healthcare business.

In "Healthcare Fraud Enforcement and Compliance Strategies," a one-hour webinar for compliance officers and other executives, LeClairRyan shareholders Michael F. Ruggio and Michael Volkov outlined how the government's ongoing crackdown translates into unprecedented risk of civil and criminal enforcement for a wide variety of healthcare organizations.

"The Justice Department's healthcare fraud initiative, which primarily focuses on Medicare and Medicaid fraud and off-label marketing cases, is one of the highest priorities of the current administration," noted Ruggio, who formerly served as senior trial counsel for the DOJ. "This initiative is itself the product of an unprecedented, coordinated effort involving DOJ, HHS and other agencies, which have teamed up to execute a multipronged strategy aimed at identifying, investigating and prosecuting healthcare fraud."

Given today's aggressive enforcement environment, healthcare providers and other entities must take action to ensure they are in compliance with existing laws on fraud and abuse, as well as those that are soon take effect, added Volkov, a former federal prosecutor. "Healthcare organizations need to dedicate adequate resources to the compliance function, prioritize training programs and encourage the prevention and deterrence of potential violations," he said.

During the webinar, the Washington-based attorneys examined current enforcement trends in the healthcare industry and provided detailed advice on effecti
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