How To File A Whistleblower Complaint

How To File A Whistleblower Complaint This is how to file a whistleblower complaint. It involves five steps: Identify what kind of violation you are reporting. For example, a whistleblower might report fraud, a safety violation, or patient neglect. Determine whether your report should be made in the form of a lawsuit (such as a

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Can a Whistleblower Remain Anonymous?

Can a whistleblower remain anonymous? It depends on how the report is made. In the United States, a whistleblower who files a case under the False Claims Act remains anonymous until the case is unsealed, which often takes years. Some cases remain permanently under seal, in which case the whistblower’s identity is never publicly revealed.

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What Is A Qui Tam Lawsuit?

What is a Qui Tam lawsuit? A Qui Tam lawsuit is a legal action filed by a private person against a defendant who defrauded the government out of money and violated the False Claims Act. A Qui Tam lawsuit has several unique features: it is filed on behalf of the government (not by the government

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What is upcoding?

What Is Upcoding? “Upcoding” is a type of Medicare fraud. Physicians and hospitals use CPT codes to bill Medicare for procedures and services they perform. When hospitals “upcode” a procedure, they bill Medicare using a CPT code meant for a longer or more complex procedure than the one they actually performed. Upcoding is illegal and

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Can I Report My Employer For Fraudulent Billing?

Can I report my employer for fraudulent billing? Yes. A whistleblower can report their employer for fraudulent billing, especially when it involves government money (such as when a hospital accepts Medicare). In those circumstances, federal law protects whistleblowers from retaliation and offers them financial rewards to report fraudulent billing. Filing a qui tam case through

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Do Whistleblowers Have To Report To HR?

Do Whistleblowers Have To Report To HR? No. In the United States, whistleblowers are not required to report to HR. Under federal law, whistleblowers can contact their own attorney before filing an internal report of fraud or misconduct. Federal law protects whistleblowers from retaliation and offers incentives to report through an attorney. Internal reports and

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What is a Whistleblower Attorney

What is a Whistleblower Attorney? A whistleblower attorney represents someone who alleges that a defendant has broken the law and harmed the public, often through fraud. In the United States, whistleblower attorneys can file “qui tam” suits under federal statutes (such as the False Claims Act). The suit remains a secret until the government has

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Is Medicare Fraud A Felony?

Is Medicare fraud a felony? Medicare fraud is a crime in which a person or company uses Medicare patients to defraud the Government. A crime is a felony in which the person convicted can be sentenced to more than one year in prison. Medicare fraud is a felony under the False Claims Act and can

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Law Helps California Whistleblower Lawyer

The California Whistleblower Lawyer Has A New Protection For Whistleblowers The California whistleblower lawyer has long been at the forefront of protecting employees and whistleblowers against retaliation, and a new whistleblower law, SB 497, reinforces this commitment. The law gives a California whistleblower lawyer a more powerful method to combat retaliation. Signed into law by

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Medicare Fraud Report: $521B Annual Fraud Deficit

A new Medicare fraud report is out. The federal government loses as much as $521 billion per year from fraudulent schemes, a report by the Government Accountability Office found. That accounts for 7% of the federalĀ  budget. One of the worst areas of fraud is in the medical field. More than half of fraud discovered

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