Medicare fraud targeting seniors accounted of over $1.3 billion in 2017. Those over the age of 65 are often more trusting of healthcare professionals and do not recognize fraud, thereby making our seniors unwilling pawns in illegal Medicare fraud schemes.
Some of the most common types of Medicare fraud include, up coding, providing service that are not medically necessary, billing for services not rendered, and prescribing unnecessary medications. To learn more about protecting our seniors visit: https://www.aginginplace.org/medicare-fraud/
The False Claims Act was created by congress to help root out fraud against the government, like Medicare fraud. Because most fraud goes unreported, the False Claims Act rewards those who report the fraud. A whistleblower (an individual who chooses to report the fraud) under the FCA may receive up to 25% of any recovery, which may include treble damages and fines.
The FCA also protects an employee whistleblower against workplace retaliation by an employer.
If you are aware of Medicare fraud and want to know your options in reporting the fraud, contact Miller Law Group for a free consultation, or call 919-348-4361.