It is against the law to engage in hospice medical billing fraud in California. This also includes Health care fraud, medical insurance billing fraud, health insurance fraud, Medicare fraud, or Medi-Cal fraud in California.
Federal Health Care Fraud 18 U.S.C Section 1347
Federal healthcare fraud statute 18 U.S.C Section 1347 states (a) Whoever knowingly and willfully executes or attempts to execute, a scheme or artifice— (1) to defraud any healthcare benefit program; or (2) to obtain, by means of false or fraudulent pretenses, representations, or promises, any of the money or property owned by, or under the custody or control of, any healthcare benefit program, in connection with the delivery of or payment for healthcare benefits, items, or services.
Penal Code 550(a) Healthcare and Medical Billing Fraud
Penal Code 550(a) prohibits health care and medical billing fraud in California. If the fraudulent healthcare medical billing fraud allegations are worth no more than nine hundred fifty dollars ($950) in total, then the offense will be charged as a misdemeanor.
Misdemeanor Penal Code 550(a) Healthcare and Medical Billing Fraud Penalties
A misdemeanor hospice or other healthcare-related medical billing fraud charges carry the potential penalties are imprisonment in a county jail for up to six (6) months, a fine of not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000), or both.
Felony Penal Code 550(a) Healthcare and Medical Billing Fraud Penalties
On the other hand, if you are charged with a felony Penal Code 550(a), the maximum penalties include:
- fine of up to fifty thousand dollars ($50,000) or double the amount of the fraud, and/or
- two (2), three (3) or five (5) years in county jail.
Hospice Fraud Investigations in California
The Manuelian Law Firm represents hospice facilities, home healthcare, and other healthcare-related facilities, healthcare providers, as well as the business owners facing Home healthcare and hospice fraud investigations and arrests in California.
Hospice Medical Billing Fraud Defense
If you or a loved one is facing hospice medical billing fraud charges, other healthcare-related fraud charges, or is under investigation for such, we invite you to contact our Los Angeles Healthcare Fraud defense attorney today for a free confidential consultation at (213) 401-2777. Our office also provides criminal defense consultations via Zoom, FaceTime, and Skype during the COVID-19 pandemic.