According to the Corporate Whistleblower Center, whistleblowers at long-term care facilities that knowingly hospitalize patients longer than needed and fraudulently bill Medicare for their services can potentially receive millions of dollars in rewards
(PRWEB) October 08, 2013
According to the Corporate Whistleblower Center, whistleblowers at long-term care facilities that knowingly hospitalize patients longer than needed and fraudulently bill Medicare for their services can potentially receive millions of dollars in reward money.
For example, according to a July 2013 press release from the Justice Department, Dubuis Hospital and Southern Crescent Hospital for Specialty Care in Georgia recently agreed to pay $8 million to settle allegations that they allegedly kept patients longer than necessary in order to maintain classification as a long-term care facility and increase their Medicare reimbursement.
An increasing problem within skilled nursing and long-term care facilities involves hospitalizing patients longer than medically necessary in order to receive higher Medicare reimbursement rates. Unlike typical acute care hospitals, some long term acute care hospitals keep patients for longer periods of time to manage more complex medical needs.
“In this case, the whistleblower received a $2.1 million reward,” says a spokesperson from the Corporate Whistleblower Center. “We believe this is an increasing problem and have already heard from more than a dozen insiders at these types of facilities.” http://CorporateWhistleblowerCenter.com
The Corporate Whistleblower Center is urging medical or administrative staff members with well-documented proof of fraudulent Medicare billing in excess of $1 million to contact them at 866-714-6466. If the proof is sufficient, the Corporate Whistleblower Center will put potential whistleblowers in contact with nation's leading whistleblower attorneys.
Simple rules for a whistleblower from the Corporate Whistle Blower Center:
- Do not go to the government first if you are a major whistleblower. The Corporate Whistle Blower Center says, “Major whistleblowers frequently go to the federal government thinking they will help. It’s a huge mistake.”
- Do not go to the news media with your whistleblower information. Public revelation of a whistleblower’s information could destroy any prospect for a reward.
- Do not try to force a government contractor or corporation to come clean to the government about their wrongdoing. The Corporate Whistle Blower Center says, “Fraud is so rampant among federal contractors that any suggestion of exposure might result in an instant job termination, or harassment of the whistleblower. Come to us first, tell us what type of information you have, and if we think it’s sufficient, we will help find the right law firms to assist in advancing your information.”
- Do not enter information over the Internet. The Internet is loaded with phony web sites asking whistleblowers to send in their information to an unknown law firm. The Corporate Whistle Blower Center says, “If you want to know who the best whistleblower law firms are, we will tell you once we know what type of information you possess, your level of proof, and what industry you represent.”
Potential whistleblowers are encouraged to contact the Corporate Whistleblower Center anytime at 866-714-6466, or they can contact the group via their web site at http://CorporateWhistleBlowerCenter.Com
For attribution purposes please refer to the Justice Department press release dated July 26th 2013:http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2013/July/13-civ-851.html
Case number: The case is captioned United States ex rel. Tucker v. Christus Health and Dubuis Health System, Inc., et al, No. 09-cv-1819 (S.D. Tex.).