these types of cases can be pretty easy to prove, provided the potential whistleblower has the right kind of information such as staffing records versus census counts, and or records involving needless procedures designed to gouge Medicare
(PRWEB) October 23, 2014
The Corporate Whistleblower Center is pointing to a recent Justice Department settlement involving a skilled nursing home company that allegedly was gouging Medicare for unnecessary procedures, and allegedly was allowing their facilities to be short staffed as a great opportunity for managers, or insiders at a skilled nursing home facility to cash in on the federal whistleblower program.
As the Whistleblower Center would like to explain these types of cases can be pretty easy to prove, provided the potential whistleblower has the right kind of information such as staffing records versus census counts, and or records involving needless procedures designed to gouge Medicare. For more information a skilled nursing home manager, or insider can call the Corporate Whistleblower Center at 866-714-6466. http://CorporateWhistleblowerCenter.Com
On October 10th, 2014 the Justice Department announced Extendicare Health Services Inc. (Extendicare) and its subsidiary Progressive Step Corporation (ProStep) have agreed to pay $38 million to the United States and eight states to resolve allegations that Extendicare billed Medicare and Medicaid for materially substandard nursing services that were so deficient that they were effectively worthless and allegedly billed Medicare for medically unreasonable and unnecessary rehabilitation therapy services
The government alleges, for example, that Extendicare failed to have a sufficient number of skilled nurses to adequately care for its skilled nursing residents, and allegedly failed to provide adequate catheter care to some of the residents and failed to follow the appropriate protocols to prevent pressure ulcers or falls. The eight states involved in this component of the settlement are Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington and Wisconsin.
Additionally, this settlement resolves allegations that between 2007 and 2013, in 33 of its skilled nursing homes, Extendicare allegedly provided medically unreasonable and unnecessary rehabilitation therapy services to its Medicare Part A beneficiaries, particularly during the patients’ assessment reference periods, so that it could allegedly bill Medicare for those patients at the highest per diem rate possible.
As part of this settlement one whistleblower will receive more than $1.8 million, and a second whistleblower will receive more than $250,000.
The Corporate Whistleblower Center says, "If you work at a skilled nursing home and you can prove the patient census count does not jive with staffing levels, or you can prove your facility is routinely charging Medicare for extremely expensive procedures that were unnecessary please call us at 866-714-6466. If you possess this type of information we would like to carefully explain federal whistleblower reward programs to you. All calls are strictly confidential. http://CorporateWhistleblowerCenter.Com
Simple rules for a whistleblower from the Corporate Whistleblower 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.”
- 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 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. 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.”
The Corporate Whistleblower Center wants to emphasize there are high quality Medicare fraud whistleblowers in every state including California, New York, Florida, Texas, Massachusetts, Maryland, Rhode Island, Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, Missouri, Michigan, Indiana, Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Kansas, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, Idaho, Washington, and Alaska.
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 Corporate Whistleblower Center anytime at 866-714-6466 or via their web site at http://CorporateWhistleblowerCenter.Com
For attribution please refer to the October 2014 Justice Department press release on this matter. http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/extendicare-health-services-inc-agrees-pay-38-million-settle-false-claims-act-allegations
Case number: United States ex rel. Lovvorn v. EHSI, et. al. C.A. 10-1580 (E.D. Pa) andUnited States ex rel. Gallick et al., v. EHSI et al., C.A. 2:13cv-092 (S.D. Ohio)