Do You Suspect Your Arkansas Employer Is Submitting False Claims to Medicaid?
Arkansas Medicaid is a government funded health care program that uses taxpayer dollars to provide quality health care for low income individuals and families. When Arkansas health care professionals take advantage of Medicaid funds, submitting false or fraudulent claims for financial profit, every Arkansas resident suffers.
In 2015, the Arkansas Medicaid Fraud Control Unit prosecuted 22 criminal convictions and 14 civil settlements and judgements, recovering over $2.2 million in stolen Arkansas Medicaid funds. Many of these recoveries were obtained using information provided by whistleblowers – nurses, physicians, medical device manufacturers, pharmacists, sales representatives and other health care professionals who report original information on Arkansas Medicaid fraud.
The federal government provides large cash awards and powerful protections for whistleblowers who are willing to come forward with knowledge of Arkansas Medicaid fraud. Do you suspect your employer is defrauding Arkansas Medicaid to profit financially? You may be eligible for a cash award in the hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars range. Contact the Medicaid Fraud Hotline today for a free and immediate consultation to determine your eligibility to file a claim.
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What Laws Apply to Reporting Arkansas Medicaid Fraud?
The federal False Claims Act (FCA), 31 U.S.C. §§ 3729 - 3733, allows individuals to file whistleblower (qui-tam) lawsuits on behalf of the federal government against entities that have submitted false claims to Medicare, Medicaid, TRICARE or other government health care programs. The government pays whistleblowers between 10% and 30% of any money recovered through verdict or settlement. Whistleblowers may also sue for damages in cases of employer retaliation in response to their reporting fraud.
Though Arkansas does not have its own state FCA, the conduct that supports a claim under a state FCA is often also in violation of the federal FCA. The federal FCA is violated by any person who:
- Knowingly presents, or causes to be presented, a false or fraudulent claim for payment or approval;
- Knowingly makes, uses, or causes to be made or used, a false record or statement material to a false or fraudulent claim;
- Conspires to commit a violation of the federal FCA
- Has possession, custody, or control of property or money used, or to be used, by the government and knowingly delivers, or causes to be delivered, less than all of that money or property;
- Is authorized to make or deliver a document certifying receipt of property used, or to be used, by the government and, intending to defraud the government, makes or delivers the receipt without completely knowing that the information on the receipt is true;
- Knowingly buys, or receives as a pledge of an obligation or debt, public property from an officer or employee of the government, or a member of the Armed Forces, who lawfully may not sell or pledge property; or
- Knowingly makes, uses, or causes to be made or used, a false record or statement material to an obligation to pay or transmit money or property to the government, or knowingly conceals or knowingly and improperly avoids or decreases an obligation to pay or transmit money or property to the government.
The terms “Knowing” and “knowingly” mean that a person has actual knowledge of the information; acts in deliberate ignorance of the truth or falsity of the information; or acts in reckless disregard of the truth or falsity of the information. No proof of specific intent to defraud is required.
Individuals who violate the federal FCA are liable to the United States government for a civil penalty of between $5,000 and $10,000, plus three times the amount of damages sustained by the government and the costs of any civil action brought to recover any such penalty or damages.
Fight Arkansas Medicaid Fraud and take a step to provide future generations with affordable, quality health care. The federal government pays Arkansas whistleblowers significant cash rewards for information leading to government recovery. If you have information on Arkansas Medicaid fraud, call the Medicaid Fraud Hotline now and learn your options for filing a successful whistleblower claim.
Are Whistleblowers Protected From Employer Retaliation After Reporting Arkansas Medicaid Fraud?
Under the federal False Claims Act (FCA), 31 U.S.C. §§ 3729 - 3733, employers, contractors and agents may not discharge, demote, suspend, threaten, harass or in any other manner discriminate against employees because of lawful acts done in furtherance of an FCA action or other efforts to stop a violation of the FCA.
Whistleblowers Are Entitled To Remedies When Subjected to Employer Retaliation
Under the federal FCA, whistleblowers who experience workplace retaliation are entitled to remedies including:
- Reinstatement with the same seniority status the employee, contractor or agent would have had but for the discrimination
- Twice the amount of back pay
- Interest on the back pay
- Compensation for any special damages sustained as a result of the discrimination
- Litigation costs and reasonable attorneys' fees
If you have been fired, demoted or otherwise harassed by your Arkansas employer for reporting or planning to report Arkansas Medicaid Fraud, contact the Medicaid Fraud Hotline immediately. Timing is critical. Only the first to file a claim is eligible for the cash reward and statutes of limitations apply. Call the Medicaid Fraud Hotline now and learn your eligibility for a cash reward during your free, no obligation consultation.
What Cash Awards Are Available for Reporting Arkansas Medicaid Fraud?
Under the federal False Claims Act (FCA), 31 U.S.C. §§ 3729 - 3733, a whistleblower who files the initial complaint is entitled to the following amounts if the government prevails in the action:
- If the government choses to intervene, the whistleblower is entitled to between 15% and 25% of the proceeds of the action or settlement, plus reasonable attorneys’ fees and an amount to cover the expenses and costs of bringing the action.
- If the government opts not to intervene, the whistleblower is entitled to between 25% and 30% of the proceeds of the action or settlement, plus reasonable attorneys’ fees and an amount to cover the expenses and costs of bringing the action.
Final award amounts are determined based upon the significance of the whistleblower’s information and the extent to which the whistleblower aids in the investigation and advancing the case to litigation.
Your decision to report Arkansas Medicaid fraud directly affects the government’s ability to stop fraud, waste and abuse of taxpayer dollars. Arkansas Medicaid apportions tax dollars carefully to ensure adequate funding of health care programs. When health care professionals abuse these funds, every Arkansas resident suffers. Help put a stop to Arkansas Medicaid fraud. Call now for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.
Are There Time Limitations on Reporting Arkansas Medicaid Fraud?
Under the federal False Claims Act (FCA), 31 U.S.C. §§ 3729 - 3733, a whistleblower lawsuit must be brought:
- Within 6 years after the date on which the violation is committed, or
- Within 3 years after the date when facts material to the right of action are known or reasonably should have been known, and
- No longer than 10 years after the date on which the violation is committed.
A civil action under the anti-retaliation provisions of the federal FCA must be brought within 3 years of the date the retaliation occurred.
The federal government pays a substantial whistleblower cash award, often in the hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars range, to individuals whose report leads to government recovery. If you feel you have knowledge of Arkansas Medicaid fraud, don’t hesitate to contact the Medicaid Fraud Hotline.
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Whether You Should Report Medicaid Fraud
If you have information regarding Medicaid Fraud in the State of Arkansas, contact the Medicaid Fraud Hotline or fill out the online report form. Remember, you must be the FIRST to report to secure your role as whistleblower and be eligible for a cash award. Statutes of limitations apply.
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