In the past ten years, the legal environment surrounding health care has become increasingly complex. State and federal laws now regulate every aspect of health care, while the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and private insurers exert control with increasingly stringent reporting requirements and regulations.
Navigating the complex conglomeration of requirements, regulations and laws can be almost impossible for physicians and difficult for attorneys without expertise in healthcare law. In fact, representing physicians and nurses in criminal, civil and administrative cases requires extensive knowledge, skill and experience with issues surrounding the standard of care, government regulations, compliance, licensure and administrative law.
If you’re being investigated for or have been accused of a crime, you need an attorney who has the knowledge, skill and experience to protect your rights and your license and defend you successfully in court, if necessary. When you’re possibly facing civil, criminal and administrative actions, you need an experienced defense attorney who knows healthcare law and is abreast of changes in the laws and regulations governing the medical profession.
A Florida Healthcare Defense Attorney Is Prepared to Provide Immediate Help
Because health law is so complex, attorneys who do not specialize in the area are not well equipped to represent physicians. Even experienced defense lawyers will need time to become familiar with the legal and administrative issues involved in a case, whereas a lawyer who specializes in healthcare law can get to work immediately developing a comprehensive defense strategy.
In some cases, a healthcare defense attorney may even be able to prevent charges from being filed. With knowledge of the tactics federal and state investigators use, an experienced attorney can help you prepare for investigations or audits and challenge potential allegations before any charges are filed. By intervening early in an investigation, he will also have a head start on preparing a strong defense if the investigation is continued and charges are filed.
An Experienced Healthcare Defense Attorney Will Defend You Successfully in Court
Another reason to retain a defense attorney with expertise in healthcare law is the contextual understanding he has of the impact even unproven allegations can have on your practice and career. Knowing how government investigations and allegations can affect your future, a qualified attorney will work diligently to obtain a discrete and favorable outcome.
A qualified healthcare defense attorney will be thoroughly prepared with a strong defense if your case goes to trial. His knowledge and experience in both criminal and health care law will help you fight felony charges related to health care, such as:
- Healthcare fraud
- Prescription drug offenses
- Anti-kickback Statute or Stark Law Violations
- Pill Mill charges
- Other violations and felonies related to health care
His knowledge and experience will also help you fight DUI, assault, and any other charges that can threaten your medical license, DEA registration and CMS enrollment.
A Skilled Healthcare Attorney Will Protect Your Medical License and Career
Finally, with an experienced healthcare defense attorney working on your behalf, you won’t have to waste precious time and resources searching for and hiring another attorney to help defend your medical license or mitigate other potential negative consequences of criminal investigations, allegations and convictions. Your attorney will know the details of your case and be well prepared to fight to protect your license and your career.
Your attorney will also know the ins and outs of the Department of Health and Board of Medicine’s administrative processes and be able to put his knowledge, experience and skills to work protecting you and advocating on your behalf. Dealing with administrative issues with the Department of Health can be very time-consuming and intense, and medical licenses can be suspended for numerous reasons. Fortunately, a knowledgeable healthcare defense attorney can help prevent this from happening or work to get your medical license reinstated if it has been suspended.
If you are currently being audited, investigated for or have been charged with a criminal offense, make sure you get the help you need from an experienced Florida healthcare defense attorney. Contact Attorney Jonathan Rose as soon as possible. He understands the complexities you face as a physician and will provide powerful defense strategies to fight against criminal allegations and protect your medical license and career.