Intent is a critical element examined in both civil and criminal healthcare fraud investigated by the government. To determine whether a provider’s actions were conducted with bad intent, federal and state prosecutors will review both traditional sources of data (medical records, billing records, etc.) and a wide variety of evidential sources during their investigation, including emails, voicemails, social media, instant messages, purchasing and charge card records, and any systems data or metadata from any electronic device.
Because e-mails, text messages, and social media posts can be easily misconstrued or misinterpreted, this can present problems for providers should they ever find themselves the subject of an administrative, civil, or criminal investigation.
Join Regina G. Morano, J.D., and Robert W. Liles, J.D., M.B.A., M.S., as they review the compliance risks inherent in the daily activities of doing business in a modern world, and what proactive steps providers need to take to stay ahead of risk.