Criminal Defense, Compliance, and Internal Investigations
Attorney Vicki Zemp Behenna uses her background as a former federal prosecutor and healthcare coordinator for the Western District of Oklahoma to provide her clients with the most knowledgeable and experienced advocate in the defense of clients charged with White Collar crimes. In addition, her experience allows her to guide providers through audits and internal investigations to identify potential areas of concern and to develop a detailed plan to resolve any poteintial problems.
As an Assistant United States Attorney, Vicki Zemp Behenna was the health care coordinator for the Western District of Oklahoma. Her duties included coordinating all civil qui tam actions and criminal investigations. Based on her intimate knowledge of how these investigations work, she is well suited to represent her clients in these types of cases.
Under federal healthcare law, the government performs a number of provider audits for those providers who bill federal health care programs. As a result of these audits, providers need a lawyer to review the audit results and assist the provider in identifying, gathering and reviewing relevant documents to dispute the recoupment demand. In some cases, it may be necessary for a provider to enter into the self-discolsure protocol under the HHS Office of General Counsel. An experienced healthcare attorney can also advise a provider how the audit could affect their license and whether the conduct could result in being excluded from a federal health care program.
In addition to defending audits, sometimes a hospital or provider will need to conduct their own internal investigation to determine if certain procedures have been billed correctly. Sometimes a refund to a federal health care program will be deemed necessary.