Do You Need a Hospice Fraud Lawyer?
Are you a whistleblower who has uncovered hospice fraud?
- Is your employer abusing Medicare by improperly certifying patients for end-of-life care?
- Do you know of doctors who are being paid for hospice referrals?
- Have you been told to stop asking questions — or else?
If you're a hospice fraud whistleblower, the law is on your side.
Congress has passed laws that forbid retaliation against whistleblowers in the hospice industry — and that offer monetary rewards for turning in wrongdoers. Under the False Claims Act (FCA), for instance, the government may reward a Medicare whistleblower with up to 30% of the recovered funds. Similar laws exist in many states.
Many hospices are breaking Medicare rules on end-of-life benefits by admitting patients who don't qualify as incurable, then re-certifying them in order to keep payments flowing. Some hospices also drug patients far beyond their palliative needs. These practices harm both taxpayers and the patients themselves — especially since Medicare won't cover life-extending treatment for patients who claim hospice benefits, even if they're not really terminal.
If you've witnessed Medicare fraud in your workplace but are scared to speak up, several laws may protect you.