Charging The Government For Unnecessary Medical Tests
Whistleblowers Rewarded For Blowing Whistle
Health care providers defraud the government when they submit bills under Medicare, Medicaid and other government-backed programs for unnecessary medical tests and procedures. Private citizens who bring such fraud to light are rewarded under the False Claims Act, 31 U.S.C. §§ 3729 et seq. (FCA), when the government recovers. The San Francisco and California whistleblower attorneys at Evans Law Firm, Inc. represent individuals with credible information of any type of fraud against the government, including billing for unnecessary tests and procedures and other types of healthcare fraud. If you have credible information for a whistleblower or qui tam case, call the whistleblower/qui tam attorneys at Evans Law Firm, Inc. today at (415) 441-8669.
Recently, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a large settlement of an FCA whistleblower case where defendants greed to pay a total of $41 million to resolve allegations that defendants billed federal health care programs for medically unnecessary testing. The government alleged that defendants developed and implemented a practice of automatically ordering certain tests for all patients at every visit, without any physician making an individualized determination that a test was medically necessary. The allegations were originally alleged in two cases filed under the whistleblower, or qui tam, provision of the FCA. The whistleblowers will receive approximately $7.79 million of the settlement.
Insiders like employees, former employees, and salespersons may various fraudulent schemes like the one alleged in this case. If you have original information of this kind of fraud or any other fraud being perpetrated against the government here in San Francisco or elsewhere in California, call Ingrid M. Evans and the other whistleblower attorneys at Evans Law Firm, Inc. If your employer retaliates against you for blowing the whistle on fraud, our litigators can also represent you in any action for wrongful termination. Remedies include reinstatement, double back pay plus interest, special damages, and attorneys’ fees and expenses incurred in bringing your case. 31 U.S. § 3730(h)(2).
If you or a loved one has information regarding a whistleblower or qui tam case of false claims for Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, or bank fraud under The Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989 (FIRREA/FIAFEA), securities fraud under the Commodities Futures Trading Commission Whistleblower Program and the Securities and Exchange Commission Whistleblower Program, other False Claims Act cases, the Internal Revenue Service Whistleblower Office, the FINRA Whistleblower Office or the California False Claims Act, contact Ingrid M. Evans and the other California whistleblower attorneys at Evans Law Firm, Inc. at (415) 441-8669, or by email at <a href=”mailto:email@example.com”>firstname.lastname@example.org</a>. Our attorneys have experience with large whistleblower cases, complex financial contract litigation, and large insurance companies. We can help guide your case through whistleblower false claims applications, discovery and investigation, a jury trial or toward an equitable settlement. We also handle cases involving physical and financial elder abuse, nursing home abuse, whole life insurance and universal life insurance, and indexed, variable, and fixed annuities.