What is the worst way in answering an administrative inquiry into your practice? Ignore it. Many physicians do not bother to answer or contact an attorney for a month or more after receiving such a letter. State investigators do not like being ignored; nobody likes being ignored. An investigation starts on the wrong foot and often degenerates before you even begin. When you receive a letter from a state or federal agency, call PRI, and they will generally cover you for the contracted dollar amount of legal fees. This can all be done within a matter of days after receiving such a letter. The investigator will appreciate your promptness and the investigation can proceed with a positive attitude. Do not underestimate the importance of this advice.
Courtesy of Frier Levitt, Attorneys at Law