Wiggin and Dana's Health Care Compliance, Fraud and Abuse Practice Group is uniquely suited to represent health care providers in matters involving health care fraud and abuse, a top law enforcement priority at the federal and state levels. Indeed, through tighter collaboration and sophisticated data-mining tools, federal and state enforcement authorities have intensified initiatives to combat fraud, waste, and abuse in health care programs. Moreover, federal and state laws provide substantial financial incentives to employees, competitors, suppliers, and others to initiate civil proceedings alleging fraudulent and abusive practices through "whistleblower" or qui tam actions. Health care providers and suppliers have paid billions of dollars in restitution, penalties, and fines as a result of governmental and private enforcement efforts, and many providers have entered into corporate integrity agreements with federal and state enforcement authorities.
What makes us unique is our ability to combine one of the largest health care practices in the region with a White Collar Defense, Investigations and Corporate Compliance Practice Group comprised of seasoned former federal prosecutors. As such, we bring to each matter lawyers with decades of experience conducting internal investigations and protecting clients during government investigations, backed by a team with unparalleled substantive experience in all areas of health care law, including reimbursement, the Stark Law, the Anti-Kickback Statute, and other fraud and abuse laws.
Our experienced and well-respected team has handled a wide variety of complex health care compliance matters, where we craft effective strategies for self-disclosing identified compliance issues, responding to audits and investigations, and working with government attorneys and regulators to bring cases to successful conclusions. We also work closely with clients to develop and monitor compliance programs that help our clients avoid government scrutiny and whistleblower actions.
Wiggin and Dana's lawyers represent health care providers, pharmaceutical companies, and durable medical equipment providers during investigations and enforcement activities before the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney's Offices around the country, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG), and various federal agencies and contractors. We also represent providers in state enforcement actions, and we have a particularly strong history of representing providers before the Connecticut Attorney General's Office, Chief States' Attorney's Office, and various other state agencies.