U.S. Attorney to host Health Care Fraud Symposium

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FILE PHOTO: Signage is seen at the United States Department of Justice headquarters in Washington, D.C.

MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA – Experts from the public and private sector will gather in Morgantown next week for a seminar to highlight best practices in preventing and responding to health care fraud, United States Attorney William Ihlenfeld announced.

The Mountaineer Health Care Fraud Symposium will take place on Thursday, April 21, at the WVU College of Law. Federal and state investigators will share the latest trends in health care fraud, while medical and insurance professionals will discuss best practices on how to detect and prevent fraud. A presentation explaining how whistleblowers can come forward, tell their story, and share in the financial recovery will also be made. The United States Attorney’s Office is hosting the event.

The symposium comes on the heels of the creation of a West Virginia-based health care fraud strike force comprised of state and federal agencies that takes a data-driven approach to uncovering waste and abuse.  In addition to the formation of the strike force, a hotline, email address and mailing address have been established to allow for the reporting of potential fraud. Anyone with information may call (304) 234-7711, send an email to wvfraud@fbi.gov, or mail correspondence to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, P.O. Box 591, Wheeling, WV 26003.

The registration-only event allows for both in-person and virtual attendance. The West Virginia State Bar has approved the event for 4.8 continuing legal education credits. To register, send an email to usawvn.registration@usdoj.gov.

The full agenda may be found at https://www.justice.gov/usao-ndwv/health-care-fraud-symposium.