Bonus or incentive programs that are given to staff members for overbilling or defrauding Medicare are a great potential avenue for whistleblower rewards,” says the Corporate Whistleblower Center
(PRWEB) October 09, 2013
The Corporate Whistleblower Center says, "Medicare reimbursement for hospice centers is based on various levels of care, with crisis care being the most expensive. Crisis care, also called continuous home care, provides in-home nursing care to terminally ill patients experiencing acute medical symptoms that lead to a period of crisis. Medicare pays hundreds of dollars more per day for crisis care than any other type of care. As such, it can be more susceptible to fraudulent billing."
For example, according to the Department of Justice, the United States recently filed a lawsuit against Chemed Corporation and its hospice subsidiaries for allegedly paying bonuses to staff members and using aggressive tactics to increase the number of crisis care claims submitted to Medicare. As a result, allegedly numerous false claims were billed to Medicare. The lawsuit also alleges the company admitted patients who were not eligible for hospice care. In this case, the fraud was reported by a whistleblower who will receive a portion of the settlement as a reward.
"Bonus or incentive programs that are given to staff members for overbilling or defrauding Medicare are a great potential avenue for whistleblower rewards,” says the Corporate Whistleblower Center. “Any hospice worker who has substantial proof of this type of fraud is encouraged to contact us at anytime at 866-714-6466." http://CorporateWhistleblowerCenter.Com
Potential whistleblowers must have substantial proof of fraud that exceeds one million dollars. Common hospice center fraud includes billing Medicare for fake admissions, treatments that were never provided, or overbilling for services like crisis care. For more information please contact the Corporate Whistleblower Center.
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 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 whistleblower harassment. 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.”
Any type of insider or employee who possesses significant proof of their employer or a government contractor defrauding the federal government is encouraged to contact to Corporate Whistleblower Center anytime at 866-714-6466. They can also contact the group via their web site at http://CorporateWhistleBlowerCenter.Com
For attribution purposes please refer to the Justice Department press release dated May 2nd, 2013: http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2013/May/13-civ-500.html
Case number: The lawsuit is captioned United States v. Vitas Hospice Services LLC, et al. (W.D. Mo.)