Anatomy of a Criminal Fraud Indictment and Ultimate Acquittal

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Prerecorded Event
Barbara J. Cobuzzi, MBA, CPC, CENTC, COC, CPC-P, CPC-I, CPCO, AAPC Fellow
60 minutes
Product Description

Know How to Avoid and Respond to Criminal Fraud Indictments with Real-Life Examples.

Fraud indictments, civil and criminal are not just reserved for large institutions. As a matter of fact, prosecutors like to target small practices, thinking they will settle without fighting the accusations because of the large costs involved. The concept of innocent until proven guilty does not really exist in this area and practices are at great risk without even realizing it.

There are also however, stories of bravery and tenacity where doctors have tangled with the Assistant US Attorney and after a very long time and a great deal of money spent, finally came out on top, with an acquittal. But acquittals are not guaranteed and a negative outcome could have landed them in jail or loss of medical licenses. When you are playing in the big leagues the costs are great!

This webinar by expert speaker Barbara  J. Cobuzzi will provide you lessons from real life stories of innocent doctors who have suffered fraud indictments and finally came out on top with acquittals. These lessons will give you the knowledge and strategies to remain compliant, shield your practice from civil and criminal fraud indictments, and how to respond when you suffer acquisitions.

Learning Objectives:

  • What are the risks?
  • What are your rights?
  • Who do you call when the FBI walks in your office?
  • What do you do to avoid the FBI coming into your office?
  • How to be at the alert and always keep your eyes open to gauge risks?

Session Highlights:

  • Common misconceptions about compliance.
  • Look at who the government is using for fraud detection.
  • Story about solo Otolaryngologist indicted for criminal fraud in early 2000’s in Nevada.
  • Story about solo Family Practitioner indicted for fraud recently, who was tried summer of 2014.
  • Lessons learned from these stories.
  • How should you shield yourself from acquisitions and indictments?
  • Tips on “defensive” practice management.
  • Government calculation of overpayments.
  • What is the Hyde Amendment?

Who should attend?

Physician, office administrators/supervisors, billing mangers/supervisors, coders, billers

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About Our Speaker

Barbara J. Cobuzzi - Healthcare Compliance Training Expert

Barbara J. Cobuzzi owns CRN Healthcare Solutions which provides value added provider consulting services. She holds a B.S. in industrial engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from New York University. She holds certifications from the AAPC as a CPC (certified physician coder), COC (certified hospital outpatient coder), CPC-P (certified payer coder) a CPC-I (certified coding instructor) and a CPCO (certified professional compliance officer). She also holds...   More Info
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