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Edgar Bueno is a partner in the firm’s Litigation and Healthcare Practices and is based in the firm’s Atlanta and Savannah offices. Mr. Bueno has been practicing law for over 20 years and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in defending clients under investigation by the government.
Mr. Bueno focuses his practice on matters involving health care fraud and abuse. He has extensive experience in defending actions brought under the federal False Claims Act and similar state laws. He assists health care clients with internal investigations and compliance reviews in order to identify risk areas in operations or in billing. He counsels clients on business arrangements for compliance with the Anti-Kickback Statue and the Stark Self-Referral Law. He advises providers on the reporting of Medicare/Medicaid overpayments and the voluntary disclosure process. He counsels clients on OIG program exclusions and payment suspension issues involving CMS. Mr. Bueno also has experience in advising clients on HIPAA privacy and handling investigations involving medical record breaches.
He has experience in representing all types of providers in the health care industry including: physicians, hospital systems, home health agencies, anesthesia, podiatrists, laboratories, pharmaceutical companies, medical device companies, diagnostic testing facilities, durable medical equipment suppliers, hospice, long term care facilities, and ambulance companies.
In addition to health care fraud, Mr. Bueno also has broad experience in handling sensitive internal investigations as well as representing clients in a wide range of white-collar criminal matters involving insider trading, tax, campaign finance law, government loans and financing, environmental regulations, customs and importation issues, and food safety.
Mr. Bueno is a former Assistant U.S. Attorney and Chief of the Civil Division for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Georgia. There he supervised the entire division and oversaw all aspects of federal court litigation for numerous high profile cases. He also served as the office’s Affirmative Civil Enforcement (ACE) Coordinator where he focused on federal False Claims Act (FCA) litigation covering a wide range of subject matters such as health care fraud, defense procurement fraud, banking and mortgage fraud, and antitrust issues. Through his leadership, the office saw an unprecedented number of FCA enforcement actions being filed and millions of dollars in recoveries.
Mr. Bueno started his legal career as an enforcement attorney for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General. Mr. Bueno also previously worked at two prestigious law firms in Washington, DC and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Mr. Bueno is a frequent speaker at national and state conferences on fraud and abuse, compliance, and responding to government investigations. He has served as an instructor at the Department of Justice training center (NAC) and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC). Mr. Bueno has twice been recognized by the Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for exceptional achievement in fighting healthcare fraud.