Whistleblower Reporting Can Yield Cash Awards for Exposing Companies Defrauding Medicaid
You may be entitled to potentially millions of dollars from the government as a reward for reporting an employer, medical provider or other company committing Medicaid fraud.
State False Claims Acts and the U.S. False Claims Act allow people or groups with evidence of fraud against government healthcare programs like Medicaid to file a claim against the wrongdoer on behalf of the government. If the action ends in a settlement or verdict, the whistleblower is typically rewarded for his or her efforts by collecting anywhere from 10-30% of the total recovery.
Act Quickly to Report Fraud under Your State’s False Claims Act
Please be aware that there are strict deadlines associated with bringing a Medicaid whistleblower claim. In some cases, you may only have 90 days to file a claim or you forever lose your right to do so. In addition, if the government or another private party has already filed a False Claims Act lawsuit based on the same evidence as you, your claim will be denied. This is the First-to-Report rule.
The government’s ability to successfully prosecute cases under the False Claims Act is largely dependent on a whistleblower coming forward to expose a company’s or medical provider’s fraud. In 2014, approximately $3 billion dollars of the total recoveries made through the Federal False Claims Act were the result of a whistleblower coming forward.
In 2014, the nation’s whistleblowers received $435 million of the $3 billion dollars recovered by the federal government as a result of their disclosures. 2015 numbers are still being tallied but the number and amount of claims (and whistleblower awards) all increased.
If you believe you may have a whistleblower claim, ensure your role as whistleblower and contact our Medicaid Fraud Hotline at 888.742.7248 or submit your report Online.