If you have knowledge of fraud being committed by an organization that receives Medicaid funds, you may have grounds to become a Medicaid fraud whistleblower. Medicaid provides healthcare benefits to qualifying households from government funds. In order to become a Medicaid recipient, you must fall within certain income guidelines, having no health insurance or inadequate insurance for your medical needs.
What are the ins and outs of becoming a Medicaid fraud whistleblower?
Hospitals, physicians, pharmaceutical companies, or medical suppliers may commit Medicaid fraud. When a healthcare organization falsely conveys information to Medicaid, resulting in receiving additional compensation, this is considered to be Medicaid fraud.
Have reason to suspect your employer or your provider of Medicaid fraud?
You can become a Medicaid fraud whistleblower. One way to report suspected fraud is to make a complaint by calling the Attorney General’s Medicaid Investigations Division in your state. When you make the call, you will need to provide the following information:
- First, the client’s name and Medicaid identification information.
- Also, the name of the healthcare provider you are reporting.
- Details concerning the service performed.
- Finally, any evidence you have that fraud was committed.
Is this the easiest and safest way to report Medicaid fraud?
Calling a hotline concerning suspected fraud may seem like the easiest and safest way to report Medicaid fraud. However, there are downsides to making this choice. The False Claims Act entitles whistleblowers to up to 25 percent of the government funds recovered. The requirements for obtaining these funds have created a very involved process, one most whistleblowers are unable to navigate themselves. Don’t have an experienced Medicaid fraud attorney? You could miss out on the reward available to you for filing complaint against a healthcare organization committing Medicaid fraud.
When you hire an attorney who is knowledgeable of the process of filing a False Claims Act lawsuit, they will walk hand-in-hand with you through the process of becoming a Medicaid fraud whistleblower. Together with your attorney, you can take the steps that will increase your chances of a successful case and obtaining a portion of the recovered funds.
Can an attorney help you protect yourself from retaliation?
The False Claims Act clearly outlines the legal aspects of protection for whistleblowers. However, this statute can be difficult to navigate without proper representation. Having the right assistance and guidance will provide you with peace of mind as you move forward.
If you feel you have grounds for reporting suspected fraud and becoming a Medicaid fraud whistleblower, you need a qualified attorney on your side. You can learn more about Medicaid fraud and becoming a Medicaid fraud whistleblower. Most of all, call 770.643.1606 to contact one of our team members at Bothwell Law Group.