Federal anti-kickback law prohibits offering or accepting payment to induce or encourage referrals in governmental healthcare programs. The most common federally funded healthcare programs are the Medicaid and Medicare programs. Liability is imposed on both sides of the illegal kickback.
Examples of illegal remuneration may include, rebates, bribes, below market incentives, gifts, discounts in rents, discounts in services, in kind exchanges, all of which can be received directly or indirectly.
Any person or entity the violates the federal anti-kickback statute also violates the False Claims Act. To encourage whistleblowers to report illegal kickbacks, the FCA incentivizes whistleblowers by allowing the whistleblower to receive a percentage of any recovery.
The False Claims Act also protects the whistleblower from workplace retaliation by an employee.
If you have knowledge of illegal kickbacks and have question about becoming a whistleblower, contact Miller Law Group for a free consultation or call 919-348-4361.