Federal authorities use a variety of tools in their health care fraud enforcement. For instance, law enforcement will sometimes use tips from the public when investigating or pursuing an individual suspected of fraud crimes. Last Thursday, the federal government released a list that they hope will encourage tips in connection to certain health care fraud cases.
Prosecutors have been aggressive in their pursuit of possible Medicaid and Medicare fraud. In this regard, a Miami-Dade County health care facility that provided services to individuals with infectious diseases has been under investigation. The Florida clinic, its two owners, an Iowa physician and a physician's assistant have all been accused of Medicaid fraud.
We have mentioned in the past how health care fraud investigations can result in more than one person being charged for an alleged crime. Sometimes, investigations of health care fraud schemes can grow quite large, leading to many arrests and charges.
Health care fraud prosecutions can involve much more than one set of charges brought against one person or company. Authorities often won't just pursue charges against those believed to be the main perpetrators of a fraud, but also against others connected to the fraud. This can be seen in the most recent set of charges brought in relation to a Florida health care fraud case.