Bass, Berry & Sims attorneys Matt Curley and Brian Roark will present to the Nashville Council of Health Care Attorneys on the topic of, “Approaches to Effectively Resolving Healthcare Fraud Investigations.” While the uncertainty associated with legislative efforts to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act dominated most of the headlines for the healthcare industry last year, it was mostly business as usual for the government’s healthcare fraud enforcement efforts. With more than $3.7 billion in civil fraud recoveries last year and more than $20 billion recovered over the last five years, the government has continued to aggressively pursue healthcare fraud investigations. Fueled by the record setting numbers of qui tam lawsuits filed by whistleblowers under the False Claims Act, these efforts are not expected to slow any time soon. Damages and penalties associated with alleged False Claims Act violations can be staggering, and the consequences associated with criminal investigations can be catastrophic. The burden and cost in responding to government investigations present their own challenges for healthcare providers. And, no healthcare provider is immune from the possibility of a government investigation.
For these reasons, pursuing effective strategies in defending and resolving healthcare fraud investigations has taken on a heightened importance. This panel will discuss how to evaluate the risk associated with government investigations and how to gauge whether a reasonable path exists to resolving potential civil, criminal, and administrative liability and the practical consequences of such a resolution with a particular focus on navigating ethical issues that can arise during the course of an investigation.
The program will be held on Friday, September 21 from 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. The presentation is intended for attorneys working in-house at healthcare companies and outside counsel who practice in the healthcare space. For more information and registration, visit the NCHCA website.