South Carolina Attorney Co-Authors Book on Health Care Fraud and the New Health Care Laws

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The second edition of Health Care Fraud and Collateral Consequences provides guidance for South Carolina lawyers who handle health care fraud enforcement cases, says co-author and Charleston attorney Joseph P. Griffith, Jr.

Joseph P. Griffith, Jr.

With changes in privacy laws and the federal government’s intensified efforts to combat health care fraud, attorneys need to keep up with the law and the rules, and know how to avoid breaking them and what to do if an investigation occurs.

Lawyers who advise health care providers regarding fraud enforcement laws and regulations can find comprehensive guidance in a new book co-written by South Carolina attorney Joseph P. Griffith, Jr.

The book, Health Care Fraud and Collateral Consequences, 2nd Edition, was recently published by the South Carolina Bar. The book provides a ready reference for attorneys working with providers at all levels, including hospitals, hospices, pharmacies, clinics, surgery centers, drug manufacturers, DME providers and individual physicians.

“With changes in privacy laws and the federal government’s intensified efforts to combat health care fraud, attorneys need to keep up with the law and the rules, and know how to avoid breaking them and what to do if an investigation occurs,” says Griffith, a former federal prosecutor whose Charleston law firm handles cases on health care fraud and white collar criminal law.

Griffith, who has litigated nearly 30 federal court trials, says his contributions to the book are based on his legal work and his experience as a prosecutor and a defense attorney.

The book’s chapter titles include:

  •     Types of Health Care Fraud;
  •     Investigative Agencies and Their Roles;
  •     How an Investigation Begins;
  •     Federal Enforcement;
  •     State Enforcement: Health Care Fraud Prosecutions in the State Arena;
  •     Defending Health Care Cases;
  •     Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

Health Care Fraud and Collateral Consequences, 2nd Edition, provides new information and insight into the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), enacted on March 23, 2010, and its focus on greater enforcement against fraud. The book describes how PPACA increases funding for investigations and introduces new investigative tools.

The act encourages and rewards whistleblowers who expose health care fraud, and makes it easier for whistleblowers to bring and maintain qui tam actions under the federal civil false claims act. A drastic increase in the number of Medicare, Medicaid and Tricare fraud cases is expected as a result of the enactment of the PPACA.

“The new federal health care law will change the landscape of how the government polices the health care industry. There are more rules and more enforcement tools available to the government,” Griffith said. “Keeping up is crucial to guiding your health provider through this complicated and potentially treacherous new legal terrain.”

Other co-authors of Health Care Fraud and Collateral Consequences, 2nd Edition, are E. Bart Daniel, Matthew R. Hubbell, J. Brady Hair and Derk van Raalte.

About The Joe Griffith Law Firm, LLC

The Joe Griffith Law Firm, LLC, offers legal assistance to South Carolina residents in a wide variety of personal injury, white collar criminal defense, and business litigation matters. The law firm maintains offices in Mount Pleasant and Charleston, South Carolina. The firm’s attorneys have more than 35 years of legal experience in federal and state court.

For more information, contact the Joe Griffith Law Firm, LLC toll free at (866) 386-6460 or use the firm’s online contact form.

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