When the government goes about gathering (and even seizing) evidence and interviewing witnesses - such as former employees (and even current employees) - this is a little-known process to the health care practitioner. Civil investigations obtain documents and records easily with nothing more than a piece of paper - an administrative subpoena. On the other hand, criminal investigations more often use a search warrant authorized by a judge in court - and are sometimes carried out with a fork-lift and a moving van as the agency hauls away original documents, records, computer equipment, and other evidence.
This webinar identifies the one thing in common with all these investigative techniques is their openness and transparency. What does the government do when it undertakes a secret, covert, and undercover investigation? What patient may actually be an undercover government agent recording your every conversation?
This informative webinar dispels the uncertainty about how investigations are conducted by a state government agency and focuses most on the individual health care practitioner in a licensure investigation when undercover sleuthing is done. Health care practitioners who are fully informed about these procedures may better defend their actions and work successfully through the investigative process knowing their patient may be an undercover plant.
Objectives of the Presentation
Why Should you Attend
- Understanding legal standards for undercover investigations as applied to the government
- Reviewing due process rights and procedures of the individual under investigation
- Focusing on government remedies carrying out the objectives of a secret investigation in health care
- Learning defenses to the civil investigative process to resist government inquiry
- Going over select case law review of applicable undercover fraud and licensure cases where deception has been used
- Listing ethical obligations of the government attorney advising the government agency in carrying out or responding to an undercover investigation
The person taking this webinar may learn the general steps a state government agency undertakes to conduct investigations into misconduct in health care practice with a focus on undercover investigations of various health care practitioners. Other helpful information may include the differences between civil and criminal investigations with the differing goals of each, and understand how criminal rights span both kinds of investigations.
A core component of what an investigation is regards how investigations either exonerate or implicate licensed health care practitioners for potential violations of law for which their license to practice is at stake. Health care investigations may include undercover exposes - know the limits and boundaries of what the government may do in an undercover investigation. Is the government allowed to lie? To uncover the truth?
This webinar program and continuing education instruction offers an objective, thorough review of undercover investigations conducted by the government against a licensed health care practitioner. We will review the different standards and rights of the accused under investigation by the state against an individual health care practitioner. We will recognize the basic difference in civil and criminal investigations - where both may be carried out by the same agency using undercover, secret operatives often posing as a patient.
Who will Benefit
Health care law attorneys, licensed health care practitioners in private practice, office managers and medical directors of private medical offices, health care managers and executives, corporate counsel in health care, health care administrators, university faculty in health care, allied health professionals in graduate-level medical education across the many health care professions.