In New York State, fraud in medicine is taken very seriously. When a physician or another medical professional is accused of acting fraudulently, the New York State Board for Professional Medical Conduct will have to investigate the complaint thoroughly and determine penalties. In some extreme cases, a medical professional who is found guilty of committing fraud may lose their medical license permanently.
What is fraud in medicine?
When a medical professional is accused of committing fraud, it means they have acted in a way that was intending to deceive others. The term medical fraud covers a wide range of behavior, including but not limited to the following:
- Submitting false bills
- Submitting false claims for service
- Falsifying medical records
- Ordering unnecessary treatment
- Falsifying medical reports
- Prescribing unnecessary medication to patients
- Giving false or intentionally deceitful statements to patients
It is important to note that even though many patients may believe they have been the victims of fraud if they think the cost of their medical care is too high, this matter is not handled by the Board for Professional Medical Conduct.
Some of the consequences of a medical professional that is found guilty of fraud can include fines, community service, license suspensions or a license revocation. In some instances, the matter may also result in criminal charges.
If you are a medical professional in New York State that has received an OPMC complaint letter related to fraud, contact our firm today and we will be happy to assess your situation.
When a medical professional is accused of misconduct, it is essential that they retain strong legal representation. If you require a medical law attorney for your legal matters, call Paul E. Walker, an experienced New York City OPMC & OPD Lawyer. Please contact the Walker Medical Law firm to set up a free initial consultation.