Between years of study, student debt, malpractice premiums, and dealing with insurance companies, life isn’t always easy for physicians. But that isn’t all they need to worry about, especially in the wake of the opioid epidemic.
Attorneys defending New York doctors against criminal charges know that busy doctors may find themselves facing healthcare-related criminal charges that put their medical licenses in jeopardy. Charges often follow a routine audit or in investigation into someone else’s contact and may strike doctors by surprise– which is why getting an attorney on your side as soon as possible to protect your medical license can make all the difference in the outcome of your case.
There are many reasons a doctor could face revocation of their medical license including:
- patient brokering
- drug trafficking
- healthcare fraud
- RICO offenses
- false claims
- physician self-referrals and more
Drug trafficking charges generally stem from the suspect’s alleged prescription of a controlled substance for financial compensation rather than in response to a legitimate medical need. Healthcare fraud violations often include Medicare or Medicaid fraud.
Recently, several doctors were reportedly charged in New York with “prescribing millions of pain pills to people who had no legitimate medical need for them” and “taking millions of dollars in return for prescribing oxycodone pills”.
One doctor and nurse practitioner – – reportedly the highest prescriber in the state– – was accused of having “prescribed 3.3 million pills that were paid for by Medicare and Medicaid over a three-year period” allegedly employing a cash counter to divvy up each day’s haul among the employees. One psychiatrist allegedly “wrote prescriptions for at least 600,000 Oxycodone 30 mg. tablets to about 200 patients” over a five-year period. In addition to alleged cash payments, prosecutors claim some of the doctors received expensive dinners, alcohol, and trips. Of the doctors whose legal counsel commented, all intend to vigorously defend against the charges.
if you have been accused of committing a healthcare-related crime or expect to be charged, the Law Office of Mark J. Sacco can help you. Contact us today for a free consultation.
From our offices in Latham, New York, we defend physicians from criminal charges that threaten their medical licenses throughout New York State. With a track record of success, we will tailor an aggressive defense for your particular case.
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