It is important that you protect yourself and your medical or professional license from an employer or practice that is engaging in Healthcare Fraud.
The False Claims Act provides protections for employees whistleblowers who report Medicaid or Medicare Fraud and encourages individuals to “blow the whistle” on fraudulent activity.
Under the “Anti-Retaliation” provision of the False Claims Act, employees who lawfully report fraud or seek litigation in an effort to stop Medicaid and Medicare Fraud are protected from the following retaliatory actions by their employers:
- Harassment, or
- In any other manner being discriminated against in the terms and conditions of employment.
Any employee who is discharged, demoted, harassed, or otherwise discriminated against because of lawful acts by the employee in furtherance of an action under the Federal False Claims Act is entitled to all relief necessary to make the employee whole. Such relief may include:
- Reinstatement, with the same seniority the employee previously held;
- Double back pay as well as interest on the back pay;
- Compensation for any special damages including litigation costs and reasonable attorneys’ fees.
Failure to report Healthcare Fraud within the workplace can expose physicians, medical professionals and medical staff to extensive legal fees and the potential loss of their medical or professional licenses.
If you suspect your employer or someone in your practice is committing Healthcare Fraud, Medicaid Fraud or Medicare Fraud, protect yourself and your license by contacting Miller Law Group for a free consultation, or call 919-348-4361.