If you are aware of an allegation of health care fraud at your corporation, it is vital that you launch internal investigation conducted by outside counsel. A thorough investigation that is properly protected by privilege will allow the health care entity to take corrective action swiftly, while still maintaining the attorney-client privilege.
If you are aware that your entity is actually being investigated by state or local authorities, you should contact outside counsel to conduct a thorough parallel investigation. Failure to do so will leave you powerless to defend the eventual government allegations.
In many cases, swift corrective action following an investigation will resolve disputes with federal regulators including Health and Human Services (HHS), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and the Department of Justice (DOJ).