In a recent Reuters report, Ronald W. Chapman II of Chapman Law Group provided insight about health care practitioners who have lost their medical licenses but still qualified for and received financial assistance during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
However, Reuters said, this funding “showed up as a surprise in the bank accounts of many healthcare providers,” and “has led attorneys to scramble to warn clients to be ready to return the money.”
As part of its $2.2 trillion CARES Act stimulus package — providing aid for individuals, states, small businesses and businesses impacted by COVID-19 — the U.S. government in April 2020 earmarked $30 billion to small- to medium-sized health care practices.
In a May 1, 2020, news story, Reuters reported that a portion of the $30 billion “went to [some] entities and individuals involved in civil and criminal actions with Medicare.”
Ron, who leads Chapman Law Group’s White Collar Defense & Government Investigations practice, was among the U.S. defense lawyers Reuters talked to about representing health care providers who received CARES Act funds but are facing civil or criminal inquiries.
The story noted that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) transmitted CARES Act funds “to all medical providers who submitted billings in 2019 to Medicare … unless they had already been excluded from participating.”
According to Reuters, the HHS “distributed funds to more than 315,000 provider billing organizations reaching over 1.5 million healthcare providers.”
Ron explained that “another pool of practitioners eligible for the cash infusions include doctors who have lost their medical licenses or licenses to prescribe highly addictive drugs.”
If your health care practice recently received government funds you were not expecting, contact the health care attorneys at Chapman Law Group.
We will review your case and advise you on whether you may face legal liability in taking those funds.