About Attorney Ron Chapman II

Ron is a sought after attorney, author and speaker in the area of healthcare fraud and abuse. His extensive experience defending physicians and healthcare entities accused of operating "pill mills" and healthcare fraud have earned him a reputation as one of the most sought after defense attorneys in the nation for healthcare providers facing Government investigations and indictments.

Very few attorneys can claim frequent victories against the federal government in healthcare fraud and overprescribing cases, Ron Chapman is one of them. Ron's practice specializes in defending providers and healthcare entities accused of fraud waste and abuse in and out of the court room. Ron has successfully obtained acquittals in Federal and State court of providers accused of healthcare fraud, drug diversion, and drug trafficking. Ron has also successfully negotiated a significant number of pre-trial dismissals and non-prosecution agreements on behalf of his clients. Ron is the author of several peer reviewed publications on the topic of defending healthcare fraud and abuse including NACDL's "the Champion". Ron also lectures widely to defense counsel and physicians on the topic of healthcare compliance, healthcare fraud defense, and drug trafficking defense. 

Representative Cases

Trial Acquittal of West Virginia physician charged with healthcare fraud and drug trafficking.

Trial Acquittal of Prominent former Johns Hopkins physician charged with running a "pill mill" and a $6.2 million dollar healthcare fraud ring that spanned several practice locations across the state of Michigan. 

Trial acquittal of federal drug trafficking conspiracy charges against a physician accused of running a "pill mill" 

Pre-trial dismissal of Federal drug trafficking conspiracy charges and healthcare fraud charges against a prominent pain management and addiction medicine Physician pursued by the Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid Strike Force. 

Representation of large national hospice provider during drug diversion investigation resulting in no government intervention. 

Obtained the return of $6.2 million in seized assets frozen  by the Government contemporaneous with criminal charges filed against a prominent physician. Obtained a pre-trial dismissal of the asset forfeiture case and the opinion was upheld on appeal. ​​

Represented large national behavioral healthcare provider during multi million dollar healthcare fraud investigation perpetuated by its COO. Worked with the business to obtain compliance and avoid Office of Inspector General or Department of Justice Investigation. 

Represented home healthcare entity and its owner during healthcare fraud investigation related to home healthcare services. Obtained Department of Justice non-prosecution of both the home healthcare entity and its owner. 

Restored DEA registration and prevented prosecution of a pain management clinic raided by the DEA for allegedly prescribing controlled substances for other than a legitimate medical purpose. 

Restored the DEA registration of a Florida pharmacy raided by the DEA and prevented prosecution by restoring compliance and negotiating with the DEA and Department of Justice. 

Prevented prosecution of a pain management physician targeted by the DEA and Department of Justice during an investigation into an alleged "pill mill". Negotiated with the Government to prevent charges. 

Publications ​

“Defending Hippocrates: Representing Physicians in the Wake of the Opioid Epidemic,” National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ The Champion, September-October 2017

“4 Steps Every Provider Must Take Before Prescribing an Opioid,” Pain Medicine News, November 9, 2018

Anti-Terror Tech to Fight Rx Fraud,” MedPage Today, July 12, 2018

Responding to Government Investigations,” State Bar of Michigan, Health Care Law Section, August 2018

“New Center for Physician Rights Helps Protect, Guide Doctors” (with Pauline Anderson), Medscape, November 9, 2018 

“Litigating the Loss Amount in Health Care Fraud Cases,” National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ The Champion, December 2017

“DEA Begins Targeting Off-Label Prescribing of TIRF Products,” Pain Medicine News, October 23, 2017

“Criminal Accusations Cause Health Care Professionals to Face Potentially Debilitating Collateral Consequences. Part Two” (with Patrick Barone), State Appellate Defender Office Criminal Defense Newsletter, June 2016

DEA Is Cracking Down On Physicians Who Overprescribe Pills,” interview with Rich Lord and Maia Silber, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, August 12, 2016

“Criminal Accusations Cause Health Care Professionals to Face Potentially Debilitating Collateral Consequences. Part One” (with Patrick Barone), State Appellate Defender Office, Criminal Defense Newsletter, June 2016

Physician’s Guide to DEA Administrative Inspections,” Pain Medicine News, April, 18, 2016

The Black Cloud of a Medical Board Investigation,” interview with Leigh Page, Medscape, December 23, 2015

“Top 10 Tips for Physician to Avoid Prosecution for Over-Prescribing,” AVVO, 2015

“When Prescribing Controlled Substances Becomes Drug Trafficking,” Pain Medicine News, August 2015

Seminars 

Controlled Substances Boot Camp: Introduction to the Fundamentals, Summit on Controlled Substances, Washington Plaza, Washington, D.C., January 29, 2018

Principles for Safe Opioid Prescribing: Best Practices, Guidelines and Regulations, Michigan State Medical Society 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting, Sheraton Detroit, Novi, Michigan. October 25, 2017

CME Webinar: Protect Yourself and Your License: DEA Compliance and Opioid Abuse, Urgent Care Association of American (UCAOA). October 12, 2017

“How To Prepare And Respond To State And DEA Inspections and Medicaid Audits,” Florida Pharmacy Association Regulatory and Law Conference, December 3, 2016

“Responsible Opioid Prescribing and Monitoring for Pain Management: How to Prescribe Opiates,” Michigan State Medical Society’s 151th Annual Scientific Meeting, October 26, 2016

“Evidence-Based Best Practice for Opioid Prescribing and Monitoring: Medicolegal Pain Management Expert Symposium,” International Conference on Opioids, Journal of Opioid Management, Harvard Medical School, June 6, 2016

“Preparing for and Defending Regulatory Investigations,” Michigan Medical Society Spring Conference, May 2015

“Responsible Opioid Prescribing and Monitoring for Pain Management: Evidence-Based Best Practice,” Michigan State Medical Society’s 150th Annual Scientific Meeting, October 23, 2015 (audio of seminar)

Awards 

Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2015-2020

Up & Coming Lawyers, Michigan Lawyers Weekly, 2015

Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorney Under 40, National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys

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