The group is especially interested in employees who can prove a hospice organization, a skilled nursing facility, or a nursing home is billing Medicare for procedures never performed
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The Corporate Whistleblower Center says, "Medicare fraud among hospice centers is nothing new. Recently, the United States filed a lawsuit against Chemed Corporation, the largest for-profit hospice chain in the United States, and a number of their hospice subsidiaries, including Vitas Hospice Services, LLC and Vitas Healthcare Organization. Vitas provides hospice services in 18 different states. The lawsuit alleges the chain knowingly submitted false claims to Medicare for services that were unneeded, never provided, or were not performed following Medicare requirements."
Additionally, the suit alleges Vitas pressured staff to increase crisis care claims they submitted to Medicare, regardless of whether services were ever provided. Vitas allegedly provided bonuses to those who enrolled patients in hospice care and took adverse action against those who did not meet hospice admission quotas. The Corporate Whistleblower Center says, "These types of extra procedures can cost tens of thousands of dollars, each. In one instance we have seen Medicare fraud involving one single patient that exceeded one hundred thousand dollars." http://CorporateWhistleblowerCenter.Com
The Corporate Whistleblower Center says, “No employee should be pressured into unethical and dishonest behavior. Any hospice employee, or employees at any type of healthcare facility with substantial proof of this type of Medicare fraud is encouraged to contact us immediately at 866-714-6466, providing the wrongdoing, or over billing exceeds a million dollars.”
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 Whistleblower Center says, "Major whistleblowers frequently go to the federal government thinking they will help. It's a huge mistake. Frequently government officials could care less, or they are incompetent."
- 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 wrong doing. The Corporate Whistleblower 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. We urge you to come to us and tell us what type of information you have. If we think it’s sufficient, we will help find the right law firms that can assist you in advancing your information."
Any type of insider or employee who possesses significant proof of their employer or a private contractor is fleecing the federal government out of millions of dollars is encouraged to contact to Corporate Whistleblower Center anytime at 866-714-6466. Potential whistleblowers can also contact the group via their website http://CorporateWhistleblowerCenter.Com
For attribution purposes please review the original United States Department of Justices May 2nd, 2013 press release: 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.).