Types of Qui tam Whistleblower Lawsuits
Medicare Fraud and Medicaid Fraud
Qui tam Whistleblower Protection for Reported Fraud
While government whistleblower cases tend to be associated with defense contractors, there are many types of government fraud covered under Qui Tam whistleblower protections, including Medicare fraud and Medicaid fraud. If you know someone who is committing fraud against the United States government, you may be entitled to a reward for bringing this fraud to the attention of the U.S. Government.
Medicare fraud can be committed by individuals or by organizations, and it’s not always simple. For example, Medicare or Medicaid fraud could involve someone utilizing the benefits when they don’t truly qualify for them, or it could involve a medical office knowingly billing Medicare or Medicaid for higher-cost services than those they actually rendered, in order to gain a higher-than-justified amount of compensation in return.
Medicare or Medicaid fraud might include:
- A healthcare organization that suggests you will “pay less for more tests”
- Telemarketing or door-to-door sales
- Gifts offered as incentives to use their services
- Routinely charging you with a copay if your Medicaid or Medicare plan includes no copay
- Suggesting that they can get you a service or test not covered by Medicare “for free”
- Claims that Medicare or Medicaid “endorses” their services
If the organization committing fraud against Medicare or Medicaid is your employer, you could be put in a tenuous position. You may feel that doing the right thing and bringing the fraud to light could lose you your job or even leave you open to retaliation.
If you’ve uncovered Medicare or Medicaid fraud being committed against the United States government, you may be entitled to a reward for bringing this information to light.
To protect your own individual rights and interests, you may choose to seek the services of a legal representative with experience in Qui tam lawsuits involving Medicare fraud and Medicaid fraud. The lawyers at Bluestein Attorneys can sit down with you and go over the documents you have that may prove the fraud is being committed and help you decide on the next step.
If you have discovered fraud being committed against the United States government — whether it’s Medicare or Medicaid fraud, involves defense contractors, or another kind of fraud — and you believe it’s time to blow the whistle, Bluestein Attorneys is here to help. Contact us by phone at (803) 779-7599 or online at any time.