Several years ago, O’Connell and Aronowitz formed a Healthcare Fraud and Abuse Unit as an adjunct to its well-established health law practice. The Healthcare Fraud and Abuse Unit focuses on all fraud and abuse issues, both civil and criminal, that impact health care providers. Recently, the unit was expanded with the addition of Richard A. Harrow, Esq. Mr. Harrow was a prosecutor for 27 years in the New York State Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, where his positions included serving as Regional Director of the New York City and Albany offices. The work of this unit includes representation in federal and state criminal investigations and prosecutions, private payer investigations, and all payor overpayment and fraud audits and litigation, including Office of Medicaid Inspector General audits.
Given the sharp increase in governmental policing of Medicaid and Medicare health care providers at the federal, state and even local levels, and the more aggressive practices of private payors, providers need to be more prepared than ever for audits, investigations, and even criminal charges. Compliance programs and activities have become not only a legal, but also a practical, necessity. The Healthcare Fraud and Abuse Unit is providing these legal services to health care clients throughout the country. The firm’s location in New York’s capital, and its proximity to state government offices, enables the Healthcare Fraud and Abuse Unit to provide a rapid response to any enforcement concerns facing our clients.
Please contact Jeffrey J. Sherrin, Stephen R. Coffey, Cornelius D. Murray, Jane Bello Burke, Andrew R. Safranko, David R. Ross, Richard A. Harrow, or Michael P. McDermott for more information.