(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:
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.)