According to the release, allegedly staff members were instructed to falsify medical records to make patients appear eligible for hospice care and discouraged staff from discharging patients who did not meet hospice guidelines
(PRWEB) October 17, 2013
The Corporate Whistleblower Center says,"Hospice is end of life care for terminally ill patients, but unfortunately the industry is not immune from Medicare fraud,” says a representative from the Corporate Whistleblower Center. “When this happens, coming forward is the right thing to do, and whistleblowers are rewarded handsomely for their efforts, especially if the fraud or over billing involves amounts in excess of $1 million." http://CorporateWhistleblowerCenter.Com
The Corporate Whistleblower Center points to a recent lawsuit brought forth by the government against a hospice company in Florida as an example. According to a July 22 press release from the Department of Justice, HPH hospice agreed to pay $1 million to settle allegations that they submitted fraudulent Medicare and Medicaid claims for patients who were not terminal and did not need end of life care. According to the release, allegedly HPH instructed staff members to falsify medical records to make patients appear eligible for hospice care and discouraged staff from discharging patients who did not meet hospice guidelines.
This case was brought forward by two whistleblowers, who will receive $250,000 as a result of their efforts.
The Corporate Whistleblower Center says, "If a healthcare worker has proof their company or hospital is fraudulently billing Medicare in any way, please contact us at 866-714-6466. We will carefully explain whistleblower rules to them and answer any questions they may have. We are the only group that will help a whistleblower package their information and then we will do everything possible to make certain the whistleblower's information gets to the most skilled whistleblower attorneys in the nation. No other group offers this service.”
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, such as medical device, pharmaceutical, defense contractor, and so forth.”
Any type of insider, or employee, who possesses significant proof of their employer, or a government contractor fleecing the federal government is encouraged to contact to Corporate Whistle Blower 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 July 22nd 2013 United States Department of Justice press release on this matter:http://www.justice.gov/usao/flm/press/2013/july/20130722_HPH.html
Case Number: The lawsuit is captioned United States and State of Florida ex rel. Numbers and Davis v. Hernando-Pasco Hospice, Inc., et al., No. 10-cv-912 (M.D. Fla.)