Are You Looking for a Lawyer Who Will Help You Expose Telemedicine Fraud?
Do you work with medical providers who bill for telehealth visits without having proper knowledge of, or adequate interaction with their patients?
- Are you aware of doctors who ask a few cursory questions during a telemedicine consultation — and then order up expensive, medically unnecessary equipment, tests, or prescriptions?
- Does your office accept kickbacks or other inducements to provide prescriptions or referrals via telehealth visits?
- Have you raised concerns about such practices, only to be told to keep quiet?
If you're a whistleblower who wants to report telemedicine fraud, the law is on your side.
Congress has forbidden retaliation against whistleblowers who seek to expose telemedicine or telehealth fraud against government insurance programs. It has passed laws that offer monetary rewards for turning in wrongdoers. Under the False Claims Act (FCA), for instance, the government may reward a telemedicine or telehealth whistleblower with up to 30 percent of the recovered funds. Similar local laws exist in many states.
Many telemedicine providers are breaking Medicare and TRICARE rules by billing for telehealth visits that don’t actually occur — or for brief telehealth visits with strangers for the sole purpose of prescribing unneeded medication or durable equipment such as back braces. Telemedicine that violates these standards is reckless and a fraud on taxpayers. If you’ve witnessed such fraud and want to speak up, there are laws that may protect and even reward you.