Government Rewards Whistleblowers Reporting Healthcare Fraud
Unnecessary, Unsupervised and Unaccredited Practices
When the government pays for medical services through Medicare, Medicaid or other programs, the provider is bound by government rules related to those services. The government is defrauded when the provider breaks those rules but charges the government anyway. Under the False Claims Act, 31 U.S.C. §§ 3729 et seq. (FCA), the government rewards whistleblowers who blow the whistle on these kinds of illegal acts. The San Francisco and California whistleblower attorneys at Evans Law Firm, Inc. represent individuals with credible information of illegal kickbacks or any type of fraud against the government, including 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.
This week, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced it is intervening in and FCA whistleblower lawsuit against a physician and a large radiology practice for allegedly violating the FCA by submitting claims to Medicare for unsupervised radiology services and services provided at unaccredited facilities. “Today’s announcement demonstrates the department’s commitment to protect the public fisc and ensure the safety of Medicare beneficiaries,” said Assistant Attorney General Jody Hunt of the Department of Justice’s Civil Division. “The department will aggressively pursue unscrupulous healthcare providers who cut corners for profits and jeopardize the health and safety of Medicare beneficiaries.” The lawsuit alleges that defendants performed and billed Medicare for procedures conducted without proper supervision and further that certain of the defendants’ facilities allegedly lacked accreditation.
Insiders like employees, former employees, and salespersons may witness these kind of illegal practices in operation. 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:firstname.lastname@example.org”>email@example.com</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.