Our Lawyers Can Help You to Report Nursing Home Fraud
Are you a whistleblower who knows about fraud at a nursing home, skilled nursing facility, or assisted living center?
- For instance, is your employer billing Medicare or Medicaid for treatment that isn't needed — or isn't delivered at all?
- Are elderly patients being neglected or mistreated, even as your employer gets paid by the government?
- Is your facility paying doctors to refer their patients for Medicare-financed nursing care?
If you want to put a stop to such wrongdoing — and maybe get a reward — the law is on your side.
Stopping elder care fraud is a nationwide priority for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), which is looking for tipsters to help its efforts. Anyone who reports a nursing facility that is ripping off taxpayer programs such as Medicare is protected against retaliation, and could earn a cash payment. Under the federal False Claims Act (FCA), for example, the government may reward a whistleblower with up to 30 percent of the funds that are eventually recovered. Similar laws exist in many states.
Nursing home fraud has always been illegal, but the DOJ has ramped up its enforcement lately. In March 2020, as part of a broader Elder Justice Initiative, the DOJ announced a National Nursing Home Initiative that will identify and punish facility owners who put "profit over patients." Financial fraud is a big concern, but so is patient harm. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which oversees Medicare, has said it cares deeply about the mistreatment of "residents who are often unable to protect themselves."
Of course, substandard care and fraud often go hand-in-hand — especially since neglect may lead to additional, avoidable medical expenses.
If you work at a nursing home and have evidence of Medicare fraud, our lawyers can help you to report it to the government.