Florida whistleblowers who report Medicare or Medicaid fraud may be entitled to protection and an award under the False Claims Act.
The federal False Claims Act and the Florida False Claims Act allow whistleblowers to file “qui tam” lawsuits on behalf of the government against individuals or companies who commit healthcare fraud. Whistleblowers, called “relators,” may receive up to 30% of any recovery and up 25% of any recovery if the government intervenes.
Whistleblowers are also protected from workplace retaliation under the False Claims Act. The Act allows whistleblower to receive 2 times back pay, reinstatement of employment, severance pay, specific damages and attorneys’ fees.
Examples of Medicare and Medicaid fraud include:
- Billing for medically unnecessary procedures or services
- Billing for services and procedures that are not rendered
- False billing