As a medical professional, you’re busy with your patients and growing your practice. The last thing you probably think about is having a lawyer on retainer. After all, you aren’t doing anything illegal so why should you worry?
Unfortunately, when it comes to ZPIC audits medical businesses, things become more complicated. Even small errors can cost you your business and the reputation you’ve worked so hard to build. This is one reason it’s crucial that you have a qualified audit attorney on your side from the beginning. Other reasons you should consider keeping an audit attorney on your side include the following.
You Don’t Know What Your Staff is Doing
While your motto might be to provide the best care to your patients as possible, your staff might have other ideas. No matter how well you screen those that you hire, you can’t weed out everyone who turns in sloppy work, or people who write incomplete patient reports. Plus, you have your own work and can’t monitor every step your employees take. You might not be held responsible for these actions, but you could be, and your business could pay the price. An attorney can help you get through the process if your staff make errors that trigger an audit.
You Could be Audited at Any Time
Like nearly all medical professionals these days, you probably get reimbursed from some type of government agency, such as Medicare or Medicaid. With all the changes in regulations and rules, it can be tough to keep up while running a business. This can leave you and your practice vulnerable to action if you happen to be the subject of an audit. One of the most challenging aspects of being audited is that you will likely not be prepared and will need someone to guide you through the audit.
You Might Need a Buffer Between the Press
Even if you’ve done nothing wrong, there is a strong mentality of “guilty until proven innocent” when it comes to medical professionals. If you or your medical practice is the subject of some type of litigation or even a routine ZPIC audit, it could bring unwanted attention from the press. An attorney can not only speak on your behalf, but also help ensure that you retain your rights.
Even though your life as a medical professional is busy, retaining an experienced audit lawyer can be the best thing you do for your business.
Contact ZPIC Audit Attorneys at Oberheiden & McMurrey Today
Even if you don’t think you’ll ever be audited, it’s important for your business that you make the necessary preparations just in case. You could save yourself thousands of dollars in penalties, a ruined reputation, and a destroyed business by making sure you have an experienced legal team on your side. If you are being audited or need help with an appeal, contact the attorneys at Oberheiden & McMurrey, LLP at (888) 727-5159 or complete our online contact form today.