Many years ago I attended a compliance conference, and one of the speakers was a former FBI agent who did work with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Office of Inspector General (OIG) on healthcare fraud issues. Back then there were a lot of fire-and-brimstone presentations about gun-wielding, door-breaking raids on medical practices, hospitals, and other healthcare institutions.
From what I could tell, at least in my naivety back then, this constituted an overabundance of bravado that was designed to instill fear into the hearts of healthcare professionals. Now, I’m not saying that there isn’t a reason to be afraid, because I really do believe that the government is out to get us. From what I have read, healthcare fraud occurs infrequently, but when it does, it makes a big impact.